Far North Queensland community organisations will get help to reduce their power bills through the federal 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 Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the federal government understood community groups were struggling under the weight of energy bills.
“That is why we’re taking strong steps to ensure they get the practical support that they need,” Mr Entsch said.
“We are investing in them, so they can invest in their local communities.
“The beauty about living in Far North Queensland is we have an abundance of sun, something we should take full advantage of.
“In fact, Far North Queensland is home to some of the largest solar, wind and battery projects in the nation – something we should all be extremely proud of.
“These grants are part of the federal government’s $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure we meet our 2030 Climate Commitments.”
Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price 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,” Ms 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 are urged to contact Mr Entsch’s office on 4051 2220 to obtain an Expressions of Interest (EoI) form.
The Expression of Interest forms will be available from Wednesday, 6 March 2019.