Rooftop solar grants brighten future for WA charities

Solar panels being installed on a roof (energy survey)
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Energy Minister Bill Johnston has announced three deserving not-for-profit organisations that will be gifted a fully-installed rooftop solar system from the WA state government.

The three beneficiaries of the Synergy Community Solar Fund in 2021 are: Constable Care Foundation, Maylands; Crossways Community Services, Kelmscott; and Directions Disability Support Services in Maddington.

The Synergy Community Solar Fund is part of the State Government’s commitment to making affordable energy more accessible for Western Australian community groups.

Synergy is owned by the Government of Western Australia, represented by the Minister for Energy. It provides 52 per cent of the electricity sold to households and business customers in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) and about 55 per cent of the contestable gas load in the industrial and commercial market.

Synergy’s generating portfolio is extensive and diverse; it owns and operates power stations in the electricity grid called the SWIS which extends from Kalbarri in the north, east to Kalgoorlie and south to Albany.

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Now in its fourth year, the Synergy Community Solar Fund is part of Synergy’s commitment to making affordable energy more accessible for Western Australian community groups.

“We’re putting our energy into helping those who help others; 16 previous Synergy Community Solar Fund recipients are already benefitting from a reduction in their operational costs and able to redirecting their ongoing electricity cost savings back into their primary activities that benefit the community,” the organisation stated.

Synergy will award this year’s recipients a fully installed rooftop solar system based on the optimum size required for the organisation.

All shortlisted applicants also receive a free energy audit, including tailored advice around maximising the benefits of rooftop solar and managing energy costs. More than 200 energy audits have been conducted since the fund began.

“I’m delighted to announce the state government, through Synergy, is making renewable energy more accessible by gifting rooftop solar systems to community groups,” Minister Johnston said.

“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.”