If re-elected, the Turnbull Government will create a $5 million Solar Communities program to encourage community groups to adopt solar technology.

Part of the Coalition’s $30 million parks and environment policy, the program will offer grants of up to $15,000 for the installation of rooftop solar PV, small-scale renewables, solar hot water and battery-storage systems.

According to a statement on Mr Turnbull’s website, “The program will help organisations that provide invaluable services to their local communities go solar, reduce their emissions and power bills, and take advantage of cutting-edge battery-storage technology. Hundreds of local community organisations across Australia will benefit, such as scout halls, sports clubs, Men’s Sheds and Country Fire Authorities.”

The scheme will build on the government’s Solar Towns program and eligibility will extend to local council buildings owned and managed for use by community organisations in scenarios where it can be demonstrated that the installations will deliver lower electricity bills.

“This new solar generation capability will reduce power bills for community groups, while also saving around 4,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year,” states the policy summary.