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Winton Solar Farm grants program continues for another year

October 26, 2022

Winton Solar Farm’s commitment to supporting local communities is set to continue into its third consecutive year with applications for the 2022 Winton Solar Farm Community Grants Program to open next week.

As well as providing renewable energy to customers, the Winton Solar Farm has a strong commitment to contribute socio-economic benefits to the local community – and is doing so via Grant and Partnership contributions and preferential use of qualified local workers and suppliers.

Six local community groups were awarded a share of $35,000 in last year’s 2021 Community Grants program. Grants were used to fund new cooking facilities at Glenrowan Primary School and Winton Primary School, as well as the installation of solar panels at Bernard Briggs Pre-school.

Up to $35,000 will be granted again this year to support projects that benefit community groups looking to deliver positive environmental outcomes, skills and training opportunities, and public health, safety, and well-being initiatives.

FRV Australia Managing Director, Carlo Frigerio, said he has been thrilled by the success of the Winton Solar Farm Community Grants Program so far and is looking forward to another round of strong applicants this year.

“As of this year, the Winton Solar Farm Community Grants Program has contributed $145,000 towards some terrific local initiatives. We’re particularly energised by how the Community Grants Program has enabled many small but socially important projects to get off the ground and create meaningful change within the community,” he said.

“This program sees our role in Winton, Benalla, and surrounds grow beyond just providing it energy, and we hope to continue that work with another year of successful Grant programs.”

The 2022 Winton Solar Farm Community Grants Program will be open for applications next Monday 31 October with applications invited from local residents interested in looking to create a positive outcome for their community.

The 250-hectare Winton Solar Farm has now been operational for 18 months since it first commenced operations in 2021. The site contributes 200,000 MWh/Year to the National Electricity Market, equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power approximately 52,000 households every year.

More information and copies of the Winton Solar Farm Grant application form are available at

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Bernard Briggs Pre-school is expected to save around $1500 a year on electricity, thanks to some newly installed solar panels.

Benalla Hockey Club and Glenrowan Primary School have been hard at work upgrading sports equipment and school facilities. Both have been recipients of the recent Community Grants Program, with funding allocated to support community lead initiatives.


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