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Coffs Harbour receives $29,500 from NSW Government for new clean energy project

Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Leslie Williams and Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser congratulated Coffs Coast Climate Action Group (CCCAG) on receiving a $29,500 for its Repower Coffs renewable energy project.

Mrs Williams said the Growing Community Energy grant will support installation of solar power and energy efficiency measures in the community.

“The grant for the Repower Coffs project will contribute to installing rooftop solar PV and implementing energy efficiency measures to benefit tenants in low income rental housing in the Coffs Harbour area,” Mrs Williams said.

“The Repower Coffs project will address two community issues in what is a high uptake area of roof top solar – overcoming a lack of uptake of rooftop solar in rental housing and the increasing cost of living for low income households – while also supporting the local solar industry.

“The Repower Coffs project aims to install around 80 kilowatts of solar PV on up to 45 homes by the end of 2016, with the first phase of installations on 10 to 15 houses, a total installed capacity of around 15kW, planned for early 2016,” Mrs Williams said.

“The project will open up community renewable energy to a wider section of the community by enabling the participation of low income community members, in collaboration with local partners, including Community Housing Ltd (not-for profit housing cooperative), Coffs Harbour City Council, Climate Change Australia – Hastings Branch, and the Coffs Harbour campus of Southern Cross University.

“The NSW Government is proud to support community organisations such as CCCAG, which was established in 2013 and is comprised of local residents working as a collective to promote climate change awareness and action.”

“With an active membership of around 30 people with extensive experience and qualifications in community development, finance, law, social science, renewable energy and environmental management, as well as a wider network of around 250 people, this is a brilliant example of truly working in the interests of community renewable energy,” Mrs Williams said.

“The NSW Government is supporting development of 19 community energy projects and developing the community renewable energy market with $846,000 in funding through the Growing Community Energy grants program.

“The 19 Growing Community Energy projects will have a combined estimated energy production of more than 60,000 megawatt hours per year – enough to power more than 9,000 average NSW homes a year.

“The NSW Government is a strong supporter of community energy which will increase self-reliance for regional areas, giving communities the means to produce the energy they require while allowing profits to be retained locally,” Mrs Williams said.

For more information on how to take renewable energy action that matters to your community visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/communities/clean-energy-projects.htm

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