Community groups in Mount Alexander Shire have been given the greenlight to apply for solar power grants in the latest round of Federal Government Solar Town funding.
The Solar Town program offers grants, between the value of $2,500 and $20,000, for the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic panels or solar hot water systems.
The program provides Australian communities with an opportunity to engage at a local level with clean renewable energy, improve local environments, generate a sense of community ownership and self-reliance.
The Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) is keen to see Mount Alexander community groups meeting the department’s funding criteria advance their cause.
CVGA executive officer Melanie Tranter said local community groups should act now so as not to miss out on the funding application cut-off date, which occurs on Thursday 12 February next year.
“We’re conscious that with the Christmas break and lots of families heading off over January, the deadline will rush up on us all very quickly; it’s time to act now,” Ms Tranter said.
“You’ll need to keep in mind that some of the rules are precise, for example, you need to be a community group utilising an existing building for community purposes,” she explained.
Examples of community groups able to secure funding include men’s sheds, scouts and girl guides, community arts groups and local sporting clubs.
“Not only is this a great way to upgrade your group’s building, but, as an organisation committed to everyone reducing their carbon footprint, here at the CVGA we’re very keen to support the strategic intent of the funding, which is to engage communities in renewable energy projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Ms Tranter said.
“These opportunities present only rarely, so, we’d just love to see local organisations get on board while they still can.”
Information about how to apply for Solar Town funding can be found online at the Australian Government’s Environment.gov.au website.