Old energy meets new energy in Wonthaggi

A much-loved Wonthaggi tourist experience is making the transition to renewable energy thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government.

Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale visited the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi to inspect the Old Energy New Energy Project, which supplies electricity to the popular attraction.

The project involves the installation of 91kW of solar PV and 41kWh of battery storage, not only powering the site but demonstrating how renewable energy, energy efficiency and new technology are changing the game.

This renewable energy upgrade was made possible with a funding boost of over $241,000 from the Victorian Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund.

The black coal mine is located in Wonthaggi and was operational up until 1968. It now operates as a state park and tourist attraction, run by Parks Victoria.

This is the only historic coal mine experience in the Southern Hemisphere which offers tourists a journey back in time to see what life was like working in a coal mine in the 1900s.

It’s expected that this initiative will become a template for the roll-out of renewable power generation to other tourism sites in Victoria.

The New Energy Jobs Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s $200 million Future Industries Fund, which is supporting growth in the new energy technologies sector.

The Victorian Government is increasing Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target to 50 per cent by 2030 – putting more clean energy into the grid, increasing investment and driving down energy prices.

Source: Vic Government