Solar Communities ProgramOverview
This program seeks to support community groups to undertake small-scale renewable energy generation and energy storage projects.
Grants between $2,500 and $12,500 up to 100% of eligible project expenditure are available.
A total funding pool of $2.2 million is available in 2017-18 and 2018-19 comprising:
- $1.8 million in 2017-18
- $400,000 for independent safety inspections in 2018-19
Under the program, applicants may be eligible to receive small-scale technology certificates (STCs) through the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).
Eligible applicants must:
- Be a community organisation that is a legal entity, able to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.
- Be located in an eligible region, listed in appendix A of the Guidelines.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Provide a letter of consent from the building owner/manager, if not the building owner/manager (see template at appendix C of the Guidelines).
- Ensure they use an appropriately licensed and accredited installer as set out in Section 5 of the Guidelines.
- Provide the relevant mandatory attachments.
To be eligible, applicants must be located in one of the regions, which align with electorate boundaries.
Eligible projects must:
- Include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.
- Have at least $2,500 in eligible expenditure.
Eligible activities must include the purchase, installation and final inspection of one or more of the following:
- Solar photovoltaic panels
- Batteries connected to a solar photovoltaic system
- Solar hot water systems
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities and expenditure.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- For-profit entity.
- Commonwealth, State, Territory, or local government body (including government business enterprises).
- Not a community organisation as defined in Section 4.2 of the Guidelines.
- Educational facility such as primary, secondary schools, tertiary (universities, colleges, TAFE) and/or related entity such as P&C association.
- Group that use facilities operating primarily for gambling or the sale of alcohol.
- Political party, political organisation, lobbyist or of a political nature.
- Military service unit.
- Any group whose activities unnecessarily seek to exclude individuals or groups of residents by means of a form of discrimination.
- Solar installation service provider or associated with a solar installation company.
- Gaming venue.