Funds for so­lar in­vest­ment

GRANT WILL BOOST LO­CAL ECON­OMY

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Rod­ney Woods

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment has given Shep­par­ton’s Free­dom Foods $1.7 mil­lion to as­sist with the com­ple­tion of an $8.6 mil­lion in­vest­ment in on-site rooftop so­lar, volt­age op­ti­mi­sa­tion and bat­tery stor­age.

The so­lar in­vest­ment is ex­pected to re­duce the com­pany’s elec­tric­ity us­age by around 36 per cent and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford vis­ited the Old Dookie Rd site yes­ter­day to make the an­nounce­ment.

‘‘It’s won­der­ful to be at Free­dom Foods in Shep­par­ton to visit the site and talk about some re­ally ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments that are un­der way and are planned for this site,’’ she said.

The fund­ing is be­ing drawn from the Jobs, In­vest­ment At­trac­tion and As­sis­tance Pro­gram, a ded­i­cated fund to se­cure pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment, cre­ate jobs and boost eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in Vic­to­ria.

Ms Pul­ford said the grant gave the lo­cal econ­omy a boost.

‘‘With this grant, we’re help­ing cre­ate new jobs in Shep­par­ton and boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy.’’

The so­lar devel­op­ment is on top of the $70 mil­lion in­vest­ment the com­pany made ear­lier this yearto dou­ble the plant’s pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity to 500 mil­lion litres a year. An­nounce­ment:

JPG Project man­ager Jeremy Panuc­cio, Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford, group en­gi­neer­ing man­ager Gary Thomas and site gen­eral man­ager Mick Bet­son.

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