A WINERY in the Ovens Valley is turning green thanks to a $57,764 grant from the federal government.
Labor candidate for Indi Robyn Walsh was on hand at Boyntons Feathertop Winery at Porepunkah to announce the funding yesterday.
It comes from the government’s $840 million clean technology investment programs.
Boyntons will use the grant to reduce power bills and carbon emissions by installing a solar photovoltaic system.
Ms Walsh said the project was expected to generate about 67,306kWh of electricity per year and a reduction in carbon intensity of 75 per cent.
It will result in savings of $14,000 in energy costs per year.
“It’s the idea of becoming self-sustainable and taking action (on climate change) at the same time,” Ms Walsh said.
“The government has matched their contribution dollar-for-dollar and with a minimum saving of $14,000 a year, their expense will be paid off in less than five years.
“These changes are exactly the sort of practical improvements that the Labor government is keen to support.”
Ms Walsh said the winery hoped to have the system installed by Christmas.
The clean technology programs include the Clean Technology Investment Program and the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program.
They are part of Labor’s drive to help companies modernise and take advantage of new technology to become more efficient and more competitive.