BENDIGO care facilities will be safeguarded against power outages under a multi-million dollar state government program.
Stage one of the infrastructure roll-out was finished on Tuesday with the installation of a new back-up power generator at Golden Square's Prevention and Recovery Care Service.
A Bendigo Health spokesman said it was a much-needed upgrade for the site that provides mental health care to residents.
He said the new generator would keep powering the site regardless of interruptions to power supplies.
"It's vital," he said.
"This facility has been without power in the past, so it has caused difficulties with air conditioners and lighting." Minister for energy and resources Nicholas Kotsiras switched on the generator on Tuesday morning.
He said the program was part of a broader plan to provide back-up power supplies to residential care facilities. The Golden Square centre was the second in Bendigo to receive a generator, and a further four are set to be opened in the city by the end of the year.
Mr Kotsiras said it was a targeted response to help ensure some of the community's vulnerable people did not go without power.
"These new generators will ensure the residents of these facilities always have access to the reliable power supplies that are so crucial for their well-being," Mr Kotsiras said.
"The generators will ensure critical life support equipment, air conditioning and security remains operable during power disruptions.
"Once installed, the generators will kick in within seconds of a power failure, significantly reducing any impact on residents."
The generators are being installed under the government's $40 million Local Infrastructure Assistance Fund (LIAF).
The LIAF program is part of a wider response to recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
The Golden Square generator cost about $90,000.
Bendigo Health director of facility and maintenance Damien Parker said it was about four months in the planning and was installed within seven weeks.