18/3/2019

Act fast to register interest in solar funding  for Wide Bay community groups

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien reminds local community groups that expressions of interest are closing on Friday (March 22) for solar project grants. 

Grants of up to $12,500 will be available to selected groups to reduce their power bills with small-scale solar energy generation and storage projects, through the Morrison Government’s $5 million Solar Communities program, which is part of new Energy Efficient Communities Program.

“If your groups is struggling under the weight of energy bills, then act fast to submit your expression of interest,” Mr O’Brien said.

“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. 

EoI forms can be downloaded from Mr O’Brien’s website www.llewobrien.com.au and should be returned to Mr O’Brien’s office by email [email protected] by Friday 22 March 2019.

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