Green energy score for Lismore Basketball Association
LISMORE basketball players will benefit from a grant to install solar panels and other green-energy devices that will help lower the overhead costs of the Lismore Basketball Stadium.
Lismore Basketball Association project manager Cheryl Amor said the turning point was when the community group received a $2300 electricity bill.
“For the last ten years we’ve been looking at trying to improve our energy use in the stadium (and) try to cut our costs down,” she said.
“It allows us to keep afloat.
“And it means we keep our costs affordable for people … so we can keep people active.”
In addition to the $12,000 Federal Government Stronger Communities Program grant, the Lismore Basketball Association has received $25,000 from the Lismore City Council and $23,000 from the NSW Department of Sports and Recreation towards green energy and energy efficiencies.
The Federal Government grant will be used to install a Grid Connected Solar System with the possibility of a battery storage system, Solar Hot Water and Drop Hammer fans at either end of the stadium to control airflow and heat – essential for year-round use of the stadium.
Every light at the stadium – inside and out – will also be replaced with low-energy lighting.
Page MP Kevin Hogan said these small grant programs could sometimes have more of an immediate impact on people’s lives.
“The Lismore Basketball Association is a community group so every dollar saved in energy bills goes back into the sport, benefiting our local basketball players and ensure the ongoing viability of the sport in Lismore,” he said.
“Projects under the Stronger Communities Program, like this one, are selected by a community consultation committee that assist with identifying potential projects.”
Community organisations that want to apply for a grant can do so by going to gms.infrastructure.gov.au/UI/PortalEntrance.aspx