The Greens have a vision for every Australian to be able to power their own home or business using the clean energy they generate themselves.
While the old parties hold on to the dirty, polluting industries of the past; the Greens have a plan to to take the power from big polluting business and give it back to the community.
In Germany, 47% of all renewable energy capacity is owned by citizens, farmers and communities. Community-owned projects bring people together and offer clean energy to people and communities directly. They particularly benefit households that face barriers to installing their own clean energy; tenants, people living in apartments or retirement homes with shared ownership.
Imagine our cities with solar panels on every car park and supermarket roof. The Greens have a vision for every Australian to be able to power their own home, business and community with the energy from the sun and the wind that the generate themselves.
Our plan will support the community to come together to generate clean energy. For example, a group of residents whose homes do not receive much direct sunlight might come together and approach a local car park operator to put a solar farm on the roof of the cark park - the business owner gets a fee and the cooperative gets paid for clean energy going into the grid.
To incentive investment in community clean energy projects, our plan means households and businesses will be eligible for tax free profits arising from their investment in community owned clean energy.
Australians love solar, with over 4 million people already living under solar roofs. The Greens want to enable existing community groups and the growing number of community owner renewables groups to have access to development funding to expand the number of solar roofs in the community. We will establish the Solar Communities Program with funding of $102.9 million.
Powerhouse Start-up Fund
To kick start community owned energy we need to invest in it. The Greens will establish a $150 million start-up fund to get 50 Community Energy powerhouses up and running with up to two years of operational funding. These powerhouses will drive community support and enable rapid growth of these clean energy projects.