Solar Towns Programme

Up to $300,000 is available for organisations who wish to install a renewable energy system and improve their local environments.

Solar Towns Programme



The Solar Towns Programme was established as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as described within the “Clean Air” component of its “Plan for a Cleaner Environment”



The Solar Towns Programme will play a role in helping Australia meet its international commitments under the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing funding to support the uptake of renewable energy systems. The Programme will provide Australian communities with an opportunity to engage at a local level with clean renewable energy, improve local environments, generate a sense of community ownership and self reliance, and improve local community outcomes.



Individual grants of between $2,500 (GST exclusive) and $20,000 (GST exclusive) will be made available for the purchase and installation of one of the following renewable energy systems only:

  • solar photovoltaic panels; or
  • a solar hot water system.

Up to $300,000 (GST exclusive) will be made available to fund projects under the 2015-16 Solar Towns Programme (Round 2).


Eligible Projects

To be eligible, a Project must:

    • contribute towards the stated objectives and outcomes of the Programme;
    • only consist of eligible activities as described in Section 4.3; and
    • be able to be completed within 12 months from the execution of the Funding Agreement.

Note: All Funding Agreements are to be executed in the 2015-16 Financial Year.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a community organisation, operating within the City of Playford or the City of Salisbury, South Australia.
  • utilise an existing building for community purposes which is located within the City of Playford or the City of Salisbury, South Australia;
  • have either:
    • voting and/or financial membership of at least five (5) individuals; or
    • in the case of a trust, demonstrated community support including information about the level of volunteer involvement (at least five (5) volunteers); and
    • been in existence for at least 12 months before the application closing date of 9 October 2015.



Application closes 9 October 2015

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