Community organisations will get help to reduce their power bills through the Morrison Government’s $5 million Solar Communities program which is part of new Energy Efficient Communities Program.
A $5 million Solar Communities programme support grants of up to $12,500 for eligible community organisations to apply for funding for small-scale solar energy generation and storage projects.
Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP, said the Morrison Government understood community groups were struggling under the weight of energy bills.
“That’s why we’re taking strong steps to ensure they get the practical support that they need,” Mr Wyatt said.
“We are investing in them, so they can invest in their local communities.
“These grants are part of the Morrison Government’s $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure we meet our 2030 Climate Commitments.”
Minister for the Environment the Hon Melissa Price MP said the Government was committed to helping businesses and communities to play their role in a sustainable future for the environment.
“The Morrison Government believes in developing practical ways of working with people rather than taxing them – supporting solar generation will reduce emissions and help community groups manage their power bills,” Minister Price said.
A wide range of organisations that work hard to support our community will be eligible to apply. Examples include community‑owned kindergartens, welfare centres, Men’s Sheds, community centres, women’s associations, country fire authorities, community‑owned child care centres, community football and netball clubs, Scout or Guide groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups and surf lifesaving clubs.
Community Organisations will be able to submit expressions of interest (EoI) for the program from 4 March 2019.
Through the Energy Efficient Communities Program, eligible small businesses will also be able to claim grants of up to $20,000, high-energy using businesses up to $25,000.
The Morrison Government remains committed to ensuring customers remain at the centre of its energy policy. Promoting efficient energy usage is an important part of this plan.