Solar panels for a local kindergarten and sports club

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Alfred Road Kindergarten and Carnegie Cricket Club Caulfield Bears Junior and Senior Football Club are set to benefit from Government funding for new solar systems, after the formal approval of two federal grants.

Federal Member for Higgins, Kelly O’Dwyer said the Solar Communities program, which was one of the Coalition’s 2016 election commitments providing $5 million to selected regions across Australia, will help deliver lower electricity costs for community organisations while reducing their emissions.

“The Solar Communities program provides funding for community groups to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“Alfred Road Kindergarten and the Carnegie Cricket and Caulfield Bears Football Clubs provide invaluable services to our local community. This funding will enable them to reduce their power bills and emissions and take advantage of cutting edge battery storage technology. Alfred Road Kindergarten will have the opportunity to educate the children on the importance of renewable energy and solar power”.

The news comes after Minister Frydenberg approved grants to install rooftop solar panels at Murrumbeena Bowls Club, Toorak Uniting Church, Malvern Tennis Centre and 1st Ashburton Scout Group.

Further information about the program is available at www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/renewable-energy/solar-communities