A Corio-based galvanising company will soon be generating its own green energy with the help of a Gillard Government clean technology grant.
Member for Corio Richard Marles said Geelong Galvanising would receive a $227,837 grant from the Clean Technology Investment program to help fund the installation of two 20kW wind turbines and a 77 kW array of solar photovoltaic panels.
“Once this system is up and running, Geelong Galvanising will save up to $20,000 on its annual electricity costs and cut its carbon emissions intensity by 11%,” said Mr Marles.
Geelong Galvanising Managing Director David Chaston said the company would match the government’s contribution with its own investment of $227,838.
“Installing a clean energy system is a natural fit for our business,” Mr Chaston said.
“The galvanisation process extends the life-cycle of steel – that’s good for the consumer and good for the environment. We believe that generating our own green power is another win for both our consumers and the environment.”
Mr Marles said the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Program was about helping local manufacturers invest in clean energy.
“This is an important part of the Government’s plan for a Clean Energy Future.
“The Clean Technology Programs are open for business and I encourage more local manufacturers to apply for support.”
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