A re-elected Turnbull Government will provide up to $100,000 to community groups in Dunkley towards installing a solar system which will help the local community play its part in reducing Australia’s emissions and directly benefit from lower electricity bills.
The first community groups announced in Dunkley to benefit through the Solar Communities Programme include:
• The Pines Football Netball Club with a grant of $15,000
• The Belvedere Community Centre in Seaford with a grant of $8,220
• The Langwarrin Tennis Club with a grant of $10,275
• The North Seaford Tennis Club with a grant of $6,165
• The Belvedere Park Tennis Club in Seaford with a grant of $4,110
• The Kananook Tennis Club with a grant of$4,110
The 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,” Mr Crewther said.
The grant will be beneficial to in reducing electricity usage costs for groups such as the Belvedere Community Centre located at in Belvedere Road in Seaford, who provide classes and activities aimed at involving local community minded people of all ages including activities and recreation for children, families and senior citizens.
“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,” Minister Hunt said.
“Community organisations such as churches, sporting clubs and scouts will be able to apply for funding of up to $15,000.”
“Around 350 community groups are expected to benefit from the expanded program, with $5 million available.”
“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,” Mr Crewther said.
“Bill Shorten’s carbon tax is a tax on electricity and will hurt community groups across Australia.”
By contrast, the Coalition is committed to supporting community groups with our expanded Solar Communities program.
“Under the Turnbull Government, half a million households and businesses have already made the switch to solar,” Minister Hunt said.
Australia has the highest proportion of households with solar panels in the world – about 15 per cent.
The Australian Government’s Renewable Energy Target provides for an average rebate for a solar system of $3000, or about 30 per cent of the installation cost.
We have also established a $250 million Community Housing Program to help lower costs for low income families and residents through the construction of up to 1,000 new energy efficiency homes.
We have established a $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund to support the latest technology which will transform our renewable energy use over the coming decade.
Only the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without a job-destroying carbon tax.