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New project to boost renewables at not-for-profit organisations

Program officially opens on Friday November 17.

The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has joined the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in launching a program to boost renewable energy at Victorian not-for-profit organisations.

The ATA will provide free renewable energy site feasibility and supplier assessment for not-for-profit organisations to allow them to understand what can be gained environmentally and economically.

Financing solutions will also be made available as part of the program. “With the right mix of sustainable energy technologies, not-for-profits can save a lot of money while reducing their carbon emissions,” said Damien Moyse, the ATA’s policy and projects manager.

“Finding the most appropriate technology, its sizing and design considerations, and how much it will save is complex and beyond the reach of most not-for-profits.

“They typically don’t have the time to take advantage of energy management opportunities – despite these opportunities potentially freeing up operational funds for better use.”

Organisations registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission or that have tax charity concession status with the Australian Tax Office are eligible for the program. They may include: youth camps and service organisations, aged care facilities, health facilities and organisations, community and sporting clubs, and administrative offices.

The program will be officially opened on Friday, November 17, at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne, 9.45am to noon. The opening will include a Speed Date a Sustainability Expert session where not-for-profit representatives will be able to speak to experts on sustainable energy technology, financing and the opportunities provided by the program.

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