Launceston City Soccer, Prospect Park get solar funding

The Launceston Soccer and Sports Club and the Prospect Park Sports Club have received funding to install solar panels from the federal government. 

Each club has received more than $14,500 under the Solar Communities Program. 

Meander Valley mayor Craig Perkins said anything that helped a local sports club was good for the community. 

“Sporting clubs are hugely beneficial to the community because of the positive health benefits that come out out of them,” he said. 

“It’s great to help sporting organisations whatever they might be.”

The grant was a 2016 election commitment.

The program provides $5 million to selected regions nationwide.

Senator David Bushby said the aim of the program was to help deliver lower electricity costs for community organisations, while lowering their carbon emissions.

“The Solar Communities Program provides funding for community groups in selected regions across Australia to install rooftop solar PV (photovoltaic), solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems,” Senator Bushby said.

He said the initiative would help the clubs reduce power bills and use battery storage technology.

“I am thrilled the Launceston Soccer and Sports Club has received $14,983 for the installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic panels and battery storage systems, as this funding will help them reduce their power bills and take advantage of cutting edge battery storage technology.

“I am also delighted the Prospect Park Sports Club, which provides such a valuable service to our local community, has been successful with their application and received $14,800 in funding which will assist them in reducing their electricity bills.”

Senator Bushby said it would also save these community groups money in the long-run.

“This is a fantastic initiative that will save these important community organisations money and allow them to continue their valuable community service.”

The Meander Valley Council approved a media booth to be built at the soccer ground in February.

The booth would allow Northern Premier League Tasmania games to be “more efficiently” recorded.