04 June 2016

Coalition provides solar and battery storage boost for Corangamite

A re-elected Turnbull Government will provide $100,000 in solar and battery storage grants to community organisations across Corangamite.

“The South Barwon Football and Netball Club and Lorne Surf Life Saving Club are the first to receive grants of up to $15,000 each to help the community play its part in reducing Australia’s emissions and directly benefit from lower electricity bills,” Ms Henderson said.

“The Lorne Surf Life Saving Club will see a reduction in electricity bills meaning the club can spend more money on vital lifesaving equipment.”

“The South Barwon Football and Netball Club’s electricity use will reduce by around 2,200 kilowatt hours every year.”

“This solar boost builds on over $390,000 in solar grants already delivered to community organisations under the Surf Coast Solar Towns program.”

“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.”

“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,” 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,” Ms Henderson 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.

Media contact: John O’Doherty 0402 047 852 (Hunt)

Dean Bushell 0432 553 559 (Henderson)

4 June 2016