The Darwin Military Museum will benefit from a new solar electricity system, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Coalition Government.
The funding comes from the Solar Communities programme that supports community groups to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said Solar Communities was a great initiative that would save the Darwin Military Museum money by reducing its power bills, allowing it to continue serving the local community.
“The museum is a popular attraction for both tourists and Territorians with a range of displays of Australian military heritage as well as the ultra-modern, hi-tech, interactive multi-media audio-visual Defence of Darwin Experience that tells the story of the bombing of Darwin,” Senator Scullion said.
“The museum can use the money saved on its power bill to ensure current displays are looked after and upgraded or install new displays, ensuring the important work of the Darwin Military Museum continues.”
Darwin Military Museum Director Norm Cramp thanked the Coalition Government for its support.
“Without such support the museum would struggle to develop our displays and to keep showcasing the Territory’s military history and pay tribute to the military service of Territorians,” Mr Cramp said.
The Northern Territory Government and the Museum will contribute remaining funds for the solar electricity system.
The Solar Communities programme, one of the Coalition’s 2016 election commitments providing $5 million to selected regions across Australia, will help deliver lower electricity costs for community organisations, while reducing their emissions.
Further information about the programme is available here.