FUNDING AXED: Local residents are concerned about proposed government changes to solar power projects.
FUNDING AXED: Local residents are concerned about proposed government changes to solar power projects. Trevor Veale

Ain’t no sunshine for solar

A COFFS Harbour project aimed at providing solar power for low-income households is in doubt following the Federal Government's decision to cut investment in community solar projects.

The Federal Government this week axed funding to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which had provided start-up support for small-scale wind and solar technologies.

The decision affects the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group, which was seeking funding from the CEFC to install solar technology in low-income housing.

"Solar is an effective way of reducing living costs and should be available to low- income families to help cut their power bills," CCCAG member Catie Dale said.

Solar retailers, meanwhile, have moved to calm fears the decision will affect home owners looking to install solar technology.

Coffs Solar Energy owner Mark McClurg said the government's directive won't affect private projects because the cuts were aimed towards social housing and community groups.

"People can still access small-scale technology certificates that provide incentives for private buyers," he said.

But CCCAG said it was disheartening to see the Federal Government move against renewable energy.

"The Federal Government's decision means there is a greater need than ever to find alternative models of financing renewable energy," Ms Dale said.

She said the group would pursue other sources of funding to deliver the community project on the Coffs Coast.



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