6/3/2019

Solar funding to help slash power bills for Wide Bay community groups

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is seeking expressions of interest from local community groups for funding to reduce their power bills with small-scale solar energy generation and storage projects.  

Grants of up to $12,500 will be available to selected groups through the Morrison Government’s $5 million Solar Communities program, which is part of new Energy Efficient Communities Program.

“Our Government understands community groups are struggling under the weight of energy bills,” Mr O’Brien said.

“That’s why we’re taking strong steps to help them get the practical support that they need. 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. 

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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