The long-awaited Climate Change White Paper was released by the Victorian Government.

Key initiatives include:

  • An emission reduction target of 20% below 2000 levels by 2020.
  • A solar generation target of 5% by 2020 (2,500 GWh), to be achieved through a feed-in tariff for large-scale and grants for medium-scale generators (under the Solar Hubs initiative).
  • A coal-fired emissions reduction target of 4 million tonnes in 4 years.
  • Average Victorian home energy efficiency rating of 5 stars, to be met through an expanded Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme.
  • VEET scheme to be increased and extended to the business sector.
  • A Government GreenPower commitment of 35% by 2015 and 50% by 2020 (equivalent to an additional 50MW by 2020).
The Victorian Government has called for applications for grants totalling $3 million under its now Solar Hubs initiative. The program encourages the installations of medium-scale PV for community groups, local Governments and other parties, in order to take advantage of bulk-purchase discounts. The program aims to create up to 10 Hubs by 2013 – an estimated 6.8MW of additional capacity.