SOLAR COMMUNITIES GRANTS

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN - CLOSING 27 MARCH!

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE NOW OPEN!

The Coalition Government is supporting our local community organisations to be more energy efficient, reducing emissions and lowering their power bills.

A $5 million Solar Communities Program will provide grants of up to $12,500 for eligible community organisations for small-scale solar and battery projects.

This is part of our $50 million investment in the Energy Efficient Communities Program.

We know that community groups struggle under the weight of high power prices. That’s why we’re taking strong steps to ensure they get the practical support that they need to reduce their energy use without reducing productivity.

Grants could be used to fund new solar PV, solar hot water and battery systems. Solar systems can generate electricity during the day and the battery systems can store electricity to run lights, refrigeration and air conditioning systems into the evening.

We are investing in community groups, so they can continue to support our local community.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

You must be

  • a community organisation that is a legal entity, able to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth

  • Your organisation pays the power bills

If you do not own the building in which you operate for you must be able to gain consent from the owner to make modifications/installations to the building.

If the building is under lease the lease agreement must be a minimum of 10 years or information provided as to how long you have occupied premises and who from.

HOW DO I EXPRESS INTEREST?

Fill in the below EOI form below - if you have any supporting documentation (ie. plans, prices, etc.) please email them to me at Ken.Wyatt.MP@aph.gov.au using the subject line “Solar Communities Grant - EOI”.

I will then consider the EOIs and deciding which projects to nominate after consulting with community stakeholders.

If your organisation is nominated, you’ll be invited to apply formally when the program officially opens in mid-2019 through the Australian Government Business Grants Hub. Nominated projects will need to meet Program Guidelines and eligibility criteria, which will be made available closer to the opening date.

Initial Expressions of Interest are now open and need to be submitted by 27 March 2019.