Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Solar system grants power the way for WA charities

    12/07/2021 9:00 AM
    • Synergy Community Solar Fund donates three rooftop solar systems to not-for-profits
    • Recipients will collectively save more than $11,000 a year on their electricity bills 

    Energy Minister Bill Johnston today announced three deserving not-for-profit organisations that will be gifted a fully-installed rooftop solar system from the 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.


    Since 2018, Synergy has installed rooftop solar systems for 16 charities totalling over 250 kilowatts 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. More than 200 energy audits have been conducted since the fund began.


    For more information, visit http://www.synergy.net.au/solarfund


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "I'm delighted to announce 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."


    Comments attributed to Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire:


    "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."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700