Wattly Group Director, Hamish McGovern, discusses with the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC our companies mission of helping business, councils and homeowners on their journey to decarbonisation and energy savings.

Yarra City Council Mayor, Gabrielle De Vietri, was also in attendance is particularly interested in how to deal with municipal waste and use anaerobic digesters to break down organic waste to capture methane emissions (which is a potent greenhouse gas) and can be burned to generate energy.  Wattly has had been able to create ACCU funding under the Emissions Reduction Fund from covered anaerobic lagoons (CALs) in abattoirs and wastewater treatment plans for the avoided carbon emissions. There is also the potential to gain additional funding by burning the methane to produce electricity and register LGCs under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET).

The Governor and Mayor were visiting Wattly’s offices in 132 Cremorne St, Cremorne to learn more about what innovative businesses in the Cremorne area are working on.  There has been a substantial growth of new business in the Cremorne area working on technology solutions, energy and finance over recent years.

The conversation turned covered the substantial investments the Andrew’s government has made in the green and renewable space to support business recovery.  Topics included the added incentives that businesses can gain through Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) such as assistance for business installing mid to large-scale solar, where Solar VEECs now provide cover than 35% of the total cost of systems up to 5MW;  the Sustainable Victorian Small Business Energy Saving Bonus, that provides substantial funding for Refrigerated Display Cabinets and Hotwater Heatpumps, and the conversion of gas to electrification through technologies such as heatpumps.