Coalition Government to deliver solar and battery storage boost for community groups in Boothby

28 Jun 2016 press release

A re-elected Turnbull Government will help community groups in Boothby to lower their power bills and play their part in reducing Australia’s emissions by providing $100,000 towards the cost of installing solar.

“The Solar Communities program will provide funding for groups across Australia to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and battery storage systems for community owned buildings,” Ms Flint said.


The Coalition recognises the important role community and household solar plays in Australia’s transition to a low emissions economy with an increase in renewable energy.

Community groups that will receive grants in Boothby include:

  • Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club ($10,000)
  • Brighton Surf Life Saving Club ($10,000)
  • Somerton Surf Life Saving Club ($10,000)
  • Blackwood Country Fire Service ($10,000)
  • Belair Country Fire Service ($10,000)
  • Eden Hills Country Fire Service ($10,000)
  • Colonel Light Gardens RSL ($10,000)
  • Vietnam Veterans Association of South Australia ($15,000)

“Community organisations such as churches, sporting clubs and scouts will also be able to
apply for funding of up to $15,000,” Minister Hunt said.
“Around 350 community groups are expected to benefit from the expanded program, with
$5 million available.”

“Unlike Labor, the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without hiking up
power bills for community groups, families and businesses and putting Australian jobs at
risk,” Ms Flint said.

“Bill Shorten’s carbon tax is a tax on electricity and will hurt community groups across

By contrast, the Coalition is committed to supporting community groups with our expanded
Solar Communities program.

Under the Turnbull Government, half a million households and businesses have already
made the switch to solar.

Australia has the highest proportion of households with solar panels in the world – about 15
per cent.

The Australian Government’s Renewable Energy Target provides for an average rebate for a
solar system of $3000, or about 30 per cent of the installation cost.

We have also established a $250 million Community Housing Program to help lower costs
for low income families and residents through the construction of up to 1,000 new energy
efficiency homes.

We have established a $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund to support the latest
technology which will transform our renewable energy use over the coming decade.

Only the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without a job-destroying carbon