It’s a new year with some exciting opportunities coming our way. I hope you all managed to get a decent break over the holidays to come back rejuvenated for 2021.
Read on for details of:
- A new campaign to win national community energy support
- Our webinar with 3 community energy groups – NEXT WEEK
- Help regional community orgs access social benefit solar plots
- Grant opportunity for every Federal electorate
From all of us at Community Power Agency,
Kristy, Kim, Ella, Elizabeth, Fran and Jarra.
Repower Our Communities campaign
This year is shaping up to be an important one. Off the back of Helen Haines’ Local Power Plan we are joining forces with our friends at Farmers for Climate Action to launch a campaign to Repower Our Communities. The goal is to unlock significant national funding and support for community energy groups right across the country.
In a few weeks a group of community energy supporters will head to Parliament House in Canberra for the tabling of the Local Power Plan bill by Independent MP Helen Haines. While we’re there we will meet with key Federal MPs to explain the benefits of community energy and how this legislation will support more projects to flourish.
Sometime in March we will host an online session detailing the plan and how you can add your support. Stay tuned for the details and the campaign website launch. Here’s a sneak preview:
Community Energy Webinar
Next week we’re hosting a panel discussion as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival. We’ll be chatting to three community energy groups:
- Taryn Lane from Hepburn Wind
- Lawrence McIntosh from Solar Share
- Ella Goninan from Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM)
Each group will share what their project has achieved and their key learnings from building renewables in their communities.
Social Benefit Solar Plots
Community Power Agency is working with our partners to create Australia’s first large scale solar garden which will finally allow those locked out of owning solar to share in the benefits of solar too. As the project moves towards construction this year we have set our sights on making sure that as many people can have access to this exciting new way of doing solar.
Haystacks is calling out to everyone in a fundraising campaign to raise $21,000 for five 3kW solar garden plots that can be donated to not-for-profit community groups in the Riverina Region – home of the Haystacks Solar Garden. These solar garden plots will reduce the community group’s electricity bill every year and allow them to focus on their great work rather than rising energy costs.
If you’re passionate about helping bring the Haystacks Solar Garden to life and chipping in – head on over to the Haystacks website where you can make a tax deductible donation today.
Federal Funding – Stronger Communities Grants
This grant is for projects that aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities – which most community energy projects will meet.
The grants are up to $20,000 per project with $150,000 allocated per federal electorate. You must be invited by your MP to apply, so set up a meeting with your local MP as soon as you can to chat about your ideas.
Due on 22 March 2021. Find out all the details on the government webpage here.
Onwards to a vibrant, clean energy future!