Fund Community Energy Campaign
Right across Australia local communities are working hard to set up community-owned renewable energy projects to power their towns and buildings. But, like any new industry, they need financial assistance to achieve this. Communities unlike corporations don’t have large reserves of capital to draw on, making access to early stage funding one of the biggest barriers to a vibrant community energy sector in Australia.
Building on successful grant funds for community energy across the world, this campaign is calling on the federal government to establish a $50 million grant program to support the development stage of community renewable energy projects.
Specifically, a new fund would help projects through the difficult early stages – from inception, feasibility studies, planning approval, all the way to becoming investment-ready. Economic modelling has shown support now could kick-start the community-energy sector and unlock over $800 million in community investment.
Status: The Fund Community Energy Campaign started in May 2013, it is currently being reviewed for the 2016 federal election.
Initiative lead: Community Power Agency
Initiative funder: Philanthropic donations
Contact details: for more information about the Fund Community Energy Campaign contact Manny Pasqualini on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more and get involved in the campaign go to: www.fundcommunityenergy.org/fund_community_energy