A community solar project in Mayo, South Australia is set to go ahead after receiving funding from the Federal Government. The program, which provides funding for community groups to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV), solar hot water and solar connected battery systems, will be implemented in a men’s shed, a local radio station and sporting clubs.
Round two was open to community groups to apply for funding of up to $12,500 and closed on 7 June 2018. Four community groups in Mayo have received grants to support their solar projects.
- Strathalbyn Woodshed (SWS) has been provided $8,897 to purchase and install a 13.11kW solar PV system on their north facing shed.
- Nairne Oval Committee has been provided $11,590 to purchase and install a battery storage system which will store energy generated by the existing 15kW solar PV system at the Nairne and District Sporting Complex.
- Macclesfield Recreation Grounds Committee has been provided $9,790 to purchase and install a 13.11kW solar PV system on their community building, which will supply approximately 75 per cent of the electricity used by the Macclesfield football and cricket clubs.
- Hill Radio has been provided $10,249 to purchase and install a 6.27 kW solar PV system with battery storage to help reduce the organisation’s power bills.
“This investment in our local communities allows these organisations to reduce their power costs and spend more on the programs and support they provide,” Josh Frydenberg, Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, said.