Latrobe manufacturing cooperative awarded grant for solar-battery systems

Morwell’s Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative has been awarded just under $240,000 under the state government’s Latrobe Valley Energy and Growth Program to develop and produce portable solar-battery systems for use in extreme weather events.

The project by the cooperative was among nine funded through the $1.98 million LVEGP round.

The manufacturing cooperative — which is one of three enterprises within the Earthworker group — has so far specialised in manufacture and installation of solar hot water and heat pump products. 

“We’re ensuring the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland play a key role as we transition to clean, cheap and reliable energy – capitalizing on our local clean energy resources, skilled workforce, and transmission infrastructure,” said Eastern Victoria MP Harriett Shing in a statement.

Other projects to win support during the round included a floating solar demonstration project at Lardner Park and installation of a solar PV and battery storage system at Yarram Recreation Reserve.


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