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New grants available for regional communities

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The Federal Liberal Government has launched the $50 million Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund to help regional and remote communities across Australia access cheaper and more reliable power through innovative microgrid technology.

Microgrids are stand-alone power systems that harness distributed energy resources such as solar photovoltaics and batteries and can operate independently or maintain a connection to the grid.

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter encouraged eligible applicants across his electorate to apply for the first round of the program.

“Microgrid technology is becoming increasingly cost effective, and is creating the opportunity for reliable, low cost and off-grid power supply in our regional communities,” Mr Porter said.

“I’m encouraging all regional and remote communities in my electorate to apply for the funding, which will do wonders for the local community, and help them to benefit from secure and affordable power.”

The first round of the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund will award up to $20 million of grants for initial feasibility studies across Australia.

Successful grants will be awarded to community organisations, electricity distribution businesses and other interested entities to undertake feasibility studies on the viability of microgrid solutions in off-grid and fringe-of-grid locations.

Round one applications close on 21 November 2019. Further details on how to submit an application can be found at: www.grants.gov.au