SUNDAY 09 MAY, 2010 |
Queensland Announces Solar Grants For Community Groups
Under its "Do
The Bright Thing
" program to boost the uptake of solar power in the
state, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is encouraging non-profit sporting and
community groups to take up grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
"By switching to solar, sporting and community groups can make great
savings on their electricity bills as well as help reduce the State's carbon
emissions," the Premier said.
Eligible sporting and community organisations throughout Queensland will be able
to apply for grants to support the purchase and installation of 1.5 kilowatt solar
hot water systems
Up to $3.3 million in grants will be directed to solar projects from the fund
annually over the next three years, generated cumulative savings of up to
$245,000 each year in electricity costs. The initiative will avoid around
1,200 megawatt hours of mains grid electricity consumption and reduce greenhouse
gas emissions by approximately 1,300 tonnes per annum.
The solar power grants will be available through the Gambling Community Benefit
Fund via a competitive application process. Guidelines and application packs
will be available from 1 June.
"By installing solar PV panels or solar hot water systems, community groups
will save money on electricity bills allowing more funds to go to the services
and facilities they provide."
"This will also help us to double Queensland's use of solar energy in five
years and build Australia's first virtual solar power station," Premier
For more information about the Gambling Community Benefit Fund's Funding
Guidelines, visit the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulations (OLGR) website: www.olgr.qld.gov.au
Queensland community groups can also take advantage of other government
to finance the cost of installing systems.
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