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WA charity rooftop solar grants announced

The Western Australian Government is granting three not-for-profit organisations fully-installed rooftop solar systems, as part of the Synergy Community Solar Fund — aiming to make affordable energy more accessible for Western Australian community groups.

The three beneficiaries of the Synergy Community Solar Fund in 2021 are: 

  • Constable Care Foundation, Maylands 
  • Crossways Community Services, Kelmscott
  • Directions Disability Support Services in Maddington

Western Australian Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, said, “I’m delighted to announce that the State Government, through Synergy, is making renewable energy more accessible by gifting rooftop solar systems to community groups.

 “The McGowan Government is committed to supporting not-for-profits and helping them better manage their energy consumption so that they can redirect their savings into benefiting the wider community.”

Since 2018, Synergy has installed rooftop solar systems for 16 charities totalling over 250KW of solar power and with a collective energy saving of approximately $81,000.

 All shortlisted applicants also receive a free energy audit, including tailored advice around maximising the benefits of rooftop solar and managing energy costs.

Thornlie MLA, Chris Tallentire, said, “Directions Disability Support Services help people in our community to live as well as possible, supporting them with activities of daily living including medication, personal care, attending appointments, as well as improving social and community access and inclusion.

 “Thanks to the Synergy Community Solar Fund, the savings from rooftop solar will enable improvement and expansion of these life-changing services delivered to the community.”

More than 200 energy audits have been conducted since the fund began.

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