Coalition promises solar grants to community groups

A re-elected Turnbull Government will help community groups in Reid 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 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,” Reid MP Craig Laundy said.

St Paul's Anglican Church on Burwood Road

St Paul’s Anglican Church on Burwood Road

Laundy was joined by Environment Minister Greg Hunt to announce the promise at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Burwood.

The iconic church will potentially share in $100,000 towards installing solar and battery storage systems in their free laundry facilities and showers available to homeless people.

“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,” Minister Hunt said.

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

“The St Paul’s Anglican Church in Burwood will receive up to $15,000 towards installing a Solar PV system connected to a battery system. This could save them around 33 per cent off their electricity bill, and it will be used in facilities that will directly help those at need” Mr Laundy 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,” Mr Laundy said.

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