Two Darwin community organisations are set to benefit from new solar electricity systems, thanks to funding from the Coalition Government, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced.
Darwin Christian Broadcasters Association Inc ($14,015) and the Faith Centre Darwin ($13,446) in Malak have both received funding to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems. The funding has been provided through the Coalition Government’s Solar Communities Programme.
“The funding will help these two organisations that provide vital services to Darwin residents to go solar, reduce their power bills and emissions, and take advantage of cutting edge battery storage technology,” Senator Scullion said.
“This is a great initiative that will save these important community groups money and allow them to continue to serve our local community.”
Darwin Christian Broadcasters Association Inc run Darwin Christian radio station 97 Seven in Casuarina. General Manager Phil Galvin said the station, which has been serving the Darwin community for 23 years, had done so without ever receiving government assistance trying to ensure they were not a drain on wider community resources.
“As a 24 hour per day radio station, electricity is one of our highest cost items annually and we have tried to raise the funds for a cleaner and more cost effective power source, but we have never been able to raise sufficient funds as something else always happened to absorb the funds saved,” Mr Galvin said.
“This grant is going to allow us to cover the majority of the cost or running the studio and offices of the radio station. We are incredibly grateful for your assistance in ensuring that we can continue to serve the community of the Top End.”
The Solar Communities Programme, a Coalition 2016 election commitment, provides $5 million to selected regions across Australia to help deliver lower electricity costs for community organisations while reducing their emissions.
Further information about the programme is available here.