Federal Government to fund $100m community energy upgrades

by Sophie Berrill
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The Federal Government has announced it will fund $100 million worth of energy upgrades to help community facilities save on bills.

The new Community Energy Upgrades Fund will co-fund upgrades with local councils for facilities like local pools, sporting clubs and community centres across the country.

Upgrades could include replacing energy-intensive heating in council pools with heat pumps, or implementing energy efficient lighting and battery storage at sporting fields, libraries and community centres.

According to the Federal Government, eight million Australians use community sport infrastructure annually, many of which are owned and operated by local councils.

“More than 1000 council pools in Australia are owned or operated by local government. They’re big energy users and efficiencies can make a real difference on the path to net zero,” says the assistant minister for climate change and energy, Jenny McAllister.

“We want to make every watt count. This fund will help local councils install efficient systems, reduce energy bills and lower emissions.”

“It will mean more energy efficient operations and better experiences for communities to enjoy.”

The guidelines for the Fund will be designed in close consultation with key stakeholders, including the Australian Local Government Association.

Learn about the tool helping businesses replace gas boilers with heat pumps that launched earlier this year.

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