Geelong Sustainability Announces Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative as Donation Partner for Electric Homes Program

Geelong Sustainability is proud to announce Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative as their community donation partner for the Electric Homes Program. This partnership further emphasises Geelong Sustainability’s commitment to climate action as well as our journey towards reconciliation.

The Electric Homes Program is an initiative by Geelong Sustainability, designed to support households around the Barwon region to transition off gas towards an all-electric renewable-powered future.

An important feature of the Electric Homes Program is the community donations. Every system installed contributes to the program partners donating solar panel systems and hot water heat pumps to families through Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative. RACV Solar will contribute the fully installed solar panel systems, while Reclaim Energy and Jeztek Plumbing will contribute the hot water heat pumps.

"The Electric Homes Program is a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives that make a positive impact on both the environment and people's lives. We are thrilled to join hands with Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative to extend the benefits of this program," said Dan Cowdell, CEO of Geelong Sustainability. "Our partnership with Wathaurong is a significant step towards fostering a more sustainable and inclusive future for our community."

The partnership with Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative adds an important dimension to the program's goals. Every system installed through the Electric Homes Program now contributes to providing vital support to the housing needs of the Wathaurong community. This ensures that the community's participation in the program extends beyond personal and environmental benefits, reinforcing the program's commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others.

"We are excited to be part of this program that embodies our shared values of sustainability, caring for Country, Community, and supporting our mob," said Simon Flagg, CEO of Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative. "The Electric Homes Program not only benefits the environment but also contributes to supporting our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families through donations of sustainable power systems. We look forward to the positive change we can create together."

The program, run by Geelong Sustainability, includes carefully selected suppliers to assist homeowners in making the transition to an all-electric, energy-efficient future. It brings together information, products, and experienced suppliers, making it easy for households to install solar panels, home battery storage, hot water heat pumps, efficient heating and cooling systems, and electric vehicle chargers where required.

The Electric Homes Program, which was launched in July of this year, has garnered an incredible response over the past few months. With over 700 expressions of interest and more than 1,400registrations for information events; the program has been instrumental in helping families embrace sustainable, all-electric solutions.

This donation would not be possible without the generosity of our Key Delivery Partners, RACV Solar, Jeztek Plumbing and Reclaim Energy, who are donating the systems and installs of the solar and heat pump hot water systems. Geelong Sustainability and its partners welcome the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative to this program, fostering a collaborative effort toward a more sustainable and inclusive future. The program's success is not only measured in the number of installations but in the positive impact it has on families, the environment, and the broader community.

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