Community groups throughout regional Australia can now apply for funding to install Solar Energy systems, including battery storage options, solar hot water and solar PV panels. The Solar Communities Program has plans to release funding of $2.2 million to be awarded as grants of $2500 and up to $12500, to allow small scale solar power installations for community groups who prove their eligibility and meet certain conditions.

Demand is expected to be high, with the closing date for applications being 31 May 2018.Once individual regional targets for available funding is reached, applications will close.

Eligibility for solar funding

Various community groups such as surf lifesaving clubs, welfare centres, scout groups and sporting clubs plus many others, are able to apply for this fantastic opportunity to be awarded financial support. By installing a new solar energy system to their buildings or accommodations, they will be able to reduce their energy costs, and also to produce their own power, which in turn will cut down supply pressure on the grid.

Requirements need to apply for solar finance

Community applicants must meet certain criteria to be able to apply for this solar funding.

  • Must be a legal entity
  • Must be a Community Organisation
  • Be located in a qualifying region
  • Have at least eligible expenditure to minimum value of $2500
  • Be registered with an ABN (Australian Business Number)
  • Be able to produce a consent letter from the owner or manager of the building in question

In addition to this community group funding, there are also rebates available for solar power installs for eligible businesses and residential homes. Call our experienced solar experts at Halcol Energy for professional advice on your new solar, green energy installation. We offer no obligation quotations plus an on-site consultation at no extra charge to you.