A diverse mix of sporting clubs, churches and other community-led hubs in the South Australian towns of Playford and Salisbury will receive $300,000 to install PV panels on their buildings, under round two of the Federal Government’s Solar Towns Program.
Together, the 17 projects will have a combined capacity of 320 kW.
The Solar Town Program is part of the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and offers an opportunity for communities to engage with renewables
Below are the 17 community groups that will be taking part in the program:
The Salvation Army (South Australia) Property Trust – 30 kW solar system
Parafield Gardens Community Club – 30 kW solar system
Dutch Social and Welfare Club – 30 kW solar system
Royal Society for The Blind of South Australia – 20 kW solar system
Para Hills Community Club – 20.8 kW solar system
Greek Macedonian Social Club Florina – 18 kW solar system
The Gardens Community Church – 18 kW solar system
Salisbury Lutheran Church – 18 kW solar system
C3 Church Salisbury – 18 kW solar system
South Australia Poultry Association – 18 kW solar system
Elizabeth Grove Soccer and Sports Club – 18 kW solar system
Pooraka Football Club – 18 kW solar system
Elizabeth Navy Club – 18 kW solar system
Angle Vale Scout Group – 18 kW solar system
Faithworks Ministries – 10 kW solar system
St Vincent De Paul Society (SA) – 10 kW solar system
Munno Para Little Athletics Centre – 10 kW solar system
Applications for round two of the Solar Towns Program closed in October 2015. The Federal Environment Department is currently finalising contracts with the successful community groups for the delivery of these projects.
Small-scale community and household solar has proven to be important part of the Australian renewable energy mix. Over 1.4 million households, small businesses and community organisations across Australia have installed solar panels, with more than 900,000 investing in solar hot water systems.