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Energy efficiency funding for Southern Australian not-for-profits

22nd Feb 2013

Let’s face it, many of us are growing increasingly tired of large energy bills and the ever-present danger of damage to our planet.

Luckily, groups and individuals are turning away more and more from traditional and pricey sources of power, to ones which are less expensive and less costly to the environment. 

Rural areas in Southern Australia are set to have their energy boosted with new funding available for efficient energy use and solar power.

An independent economic regulator, The Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ECOSA), is granting funds to various non-for-profit organisations which target greater energy efficiency and overall eco-friendliness.

For example, funding granted to Orana Inc by ECOSA will allow the installation of of solar power units in its new housing complexes.

These housing developments are specifically designed for adults with disabilities and the grant will go a long way in providing a sustainable living environment for occupants. As well as this, their energy bills will be considerably reduced.

"We are excited that the funding is to be used in country areas and for disabled housing as these groups are often neglected in energy efficiency programs" said Mr Kerin, chief executive officer of ECOSA in a statement issued on February 19th 2013.

Added energy-efficient benefits to country areas of Southern Australia include Uniting Care Wesley Country SA distributing 5000 energy efficiently light bulbs, the Yankalilla area receiving funding for energy audits and the installation of energy saving devices in homes.

This new funding builds on other clean energy and solar energy initiatives happening around Australia including a $200 million Clean Technology Innovation Program which will support Australian business in improving their green credentials, described in a statement from Deborah O'Neill MP 6 July 2012.

The focus on efficient energy and solar power reflects the overall growth and importance of this in Australia and around the world. It looks like solar energy in Australia is only just heating up.

Posted by Mike Peacock

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