AGL will join St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and Minister for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio today to announce the first solar powered St Vincent De Paul shop in Victoria, helping the not-for-profit organisation reduce operational costs and meet sustainability targets.

Throughout Victoria, AGL will be completing 91 solar installations for Vinnies Victoria, generating 1992 mega-watt hours (MWh) of energy annually, the equivalent generation of more than 415 average Australian homes.

AGL Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett said AGL is proud to announce our support of the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria, which has been helping communities across the globe for 188 years.

“Vinnies Victoria work every day to positively impact the lives of disadvantaged people in Australia,” Ms Corbett said.

“To ensure Vinnies Victoria can keeping doing what they do best and direct their resources to those who need them most, we are honoured to be playing this small role in reducing everyday operating costs.

“AGL will install up to 1.6 MW solar systems across Vinnies’ Victoria properties, reinforcing their commitment to net-zero emissions.

“We estimate that these installations will save up to $1.26 million in energy costs - much needed funds that can be redirected back into the community.

“In line with AGL’s Climate Statement, we are committed to supporting businesses create more sustainable operations with tailored and innovative energy solutions."

St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Sue Cattermole said “We are proud that Vinnies Victoria is a leading community sector organisation making the best use of our funds so that we can support more Victorians in need.”

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio said “It's fabulous to see community organisations reducing their bills and slashing their emissions by installing solar panels. It all counts as we work towards halving our carbon emissions by 2030.”

The solar installations at Vinnies Shops in Victoria are set to be completed by AGL by the end of 2022.