SMART ENERGY COMMUNITIES

Our open letter to Greg Hunt and Mark Butler

 Dear Mr Hunt and Mr Butler



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.  

 

As such, we the undersigned are calling on the Labor Party and Coalition to make a commitment prior to the 2013 election to establish a $50 million grant program to support the development stage of community renewable energy projects.

 

 

Over 40 communities across Australia are developing community owned wind and solar projects, but only two are up and running. If the other 38 groups don’t receive start-up assistance soon, we risk the early momentum and huge opportunities for communities withering away.

 

 We know the solution is simple: a new fund to help projects through the difficult early stages - from inception, feasibility studies, planning approval, all the way to becoming investment-ready. Economic modelling has shown $50 million could support 150 projects to the investment-ready stage over the next 6 years. Support now could kick-start the community-energy sector and unlock over $800 million in community investment.

 

Community-owned renewable energy projects cut carbon pollution and bring new life to regional and rural Australia. Most importantly, they pave the path for an Australia powered by renewable energy that’s owned by everyday people.

 

We the undersigned call on the Labor Party and Coalition to publicly respond to our call for a Community Renewable Energy Fund.

 

Sincerely

  1. Community Power Agency

  2. Yes to Renewables

  3. 100% Renewables Community Campaign

  4. Alternative Technology Association

  5. Starfish Enterprises

  6. Total Environment Centre

  7. Backroad Connections

  8. Embark

  9. Hepburn Wind, Daylesford, Victoria

  10. Energy Savings Social Club

  11. Australian Community Energy

  12. Australian Student Environment Network

  13. Blue Mountains Community Energy Cooperative

  14. Canberra Clean Energy Connection

  15. Central NSW Renewable Energy Coop

  16. CORENA - Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia Inc.

  17. Clean Energy For Eternity (CEFE)

  18. Clean Energy of Newcastle and Surrounds

  19. Climate Rescue of Wagga Wagga

  20. Denmark Community Windfarm Ltd.

  21. Energetic Communities, Brisbane, Queensland

  22. Farming the Sun

  23. Fremantle Community Wind Farm

  24. FuturePLANS, Palarang, NSW

  25. GV Community Energy (Murchison)

  26. Locals into Victoria's Environment (LIVE)

  27. Low Carbon Kimberley

  28. Mount Alexander Community Wind

  29. Mount Alexander Sustainability Group

  30. Moreland Community Solar

  31. New England Wind

  32. North West Renewable Energy Community Group

  33. Pingala: Community Renewables for Sydney

  34. Portland Sustainability Group

  35. Ranges Energy Co-operative Limited

  36. SKy (Sustainable Kyabram Inc) - Renewable Kyabram Project

  37. SolarShare Canberra

  38. Surf Coast Energy

  39. Warburton Mini-Hydro Project

  40. Waterworks Valley Community Solar

  41. Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy (WISE) Inc.

  42. Yarra Community Solar

  43. Australian Youth Climate Coalition