04 December 2015
FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said local governments across Australia will have the opportunity to cut their energy bills and reduce emissions as part of a new a $250 million loan package under the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
“Local councils could invest in clean technology across their operations, ranging from street lights to solar panels on offices, community housing, libraries, sports grounds and infrastructure,” Mr Joyce said.
“I encourage the councils in New England Electorate to apply under this new program.
“Many councils are already looking at how they can reduce the costs for ratepayers such as switching to LED street lighting. This iniative will help them do that,” he said.
“Local government has long been an active partner in helping the Australian Government tackle climate change and setting new directions for clean energy and lower emissions.
“It’s also about how we can make our local communities more liveable through greening our towns and cities.
“Many have already achieved great things, not only in energy efficiency but through initiatives like cutting landfill emissions with better waste management.
“Access to flexible and competitive fixed-rate, long-term finance under this program will help local governments in the New England Electorate make greater savings for their ratepayers while cutting emissions,” he said.
Loans of at least $10 million can be taken out over three years for a single project or package of works, and councils can work together to finance joint projects.
Further details on how to apply are available at: http://www.cleanenergyfinancecorp.com.au/energy-efficiency/local-government-finance-program.aspx