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Coalition provides solar boost for community groups in Boothby

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Liberal candidate for Boothby, Nicolle Flint, was joined by Environment Minister Greg Hunt today to announce that the Marino Community Centre will share in $100,000 towards installing solar and battery storage systems for community groups in Boothby.

“The Coalition’s Solar Communities Program will provide funding for groups across Australia to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and battery storage systems for community owned buildings,” Minister Hunt said.

The solar grants will help the local community play its part in reducing Australia’s emissions while also benefiting from lower electricity bills.

“The Marino Community Centre will receive up to $8,000 towards installing a 3 kilowatt (KW) Solar PV system connected to a 2.5 KWh battery. This could save them around $1,300 per annum in lower electricity bills,” Ms Flint said.

Around 350 community groups nationwide are expected to benefit from the expanded program, with $5 million available.

Community organisations such as churches, sporting clubs and scouts will be able to apply for funding of up to $15,000 through the Solar Communities Programme.

“The Coalition recognises the important role community and household solar plays in Australia’s transition to a low emissions economy with an increase in renewable energy,” Ms Flint said.

“Unlike Labor, the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without hiking up power bills for community groups, families and businesses and putting Australian jobs at risk.”

Only the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without a job-destroying carbon tax.

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