A re-elected Turnbull Government will help community groups in Kooyong to lower their power bills and play their part in reducing Australia’s emissions by providing $100,000 towards the cost of installing solar.
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 Frydenberg said.
Endeavour Foundation in Kew will receive $15,000 to assist with the cost of installing solar.
“Endeavour Foundation in Kew provides intensive specialised education, training, and supported employment to 120 individuals with disabilities who are unable to obtain open employment,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“A Solar System reduces our operational expenses and our carbon footprint. The reduction in costs will significantly increase the financial viability of Endeavour Foundation in Kew, ensuring we can continue to offer meaningful employment and training to people with a disability,” Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Officer Andrew Donne said.
Another community group in Kooyong which will receive a $15,000 grant to install solar panels is the Balwyn Evergreen Centre which is committed to active ageing and to providing older residents with high quality programmes in a friendly, supportive, social environment
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.
“Community organisations such as churches, sporting clubs and scouts will also be able to apply for funding of up to $15,000,” Minister Hunt said.
“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 Frydenberg 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.