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New Energy Technologies

Working with the industry to drive maximum value from Victoria’s energy resources

Overview

Victoria has a wealth of clean energy resources which are set to play a key role in meeting Victoria's future energy needs. Victoria's share of electricity generated from renewable resources has increased substantially, from 4.8% in 2009 to 12% in 2014. Australia is forecast to attract $36 billion in renewable energy investments by 2020. It is vital Victoria captures a share of this.

Victoria's Future Industries

The Victorian Government has identified six priority sectors that have potential for extraordinary economic growth and the capacity to create high-skill, high wage jobs: Victoria's Future Industries.

These include medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, new energy technologies, food and fibre, transport technologies, defence technologies, construction technologies, international education, professional services.

A number of grant programs support job-creating projects, helping to secure Victoria's future as a competitive, innovative and outward looking economy:

  • New Energy Jobs Fund
  • Future Industries Manufacturing Program
  • Sector Growth Program
  • Victorian Defence Industry Supply Chain Program

New Energy Jobs Fund

The Victorian Government's $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) will support Victorian-based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies.

Funding to support new energy technology projects will be available through three annual grant rounds.

The first round closed in March 2016, the second round closed in March 2017, and third grant round is expected to open late 2017.

Round Two Projects

There were 21 successful applicants under the second round of the New Energy Jobs Fund. Projects announced to date include:

Lead Applicant Project Description and Category Grant and Project Value
RayGen Resources 

Industry - Technology

This project will include development of a 0.5MW commercial power plant in Newbridge and will support the expansion of the company's export business. RayGen's PV Ultra is one of the highest efficiency solar technologies commercially available, utilising technology typically used in space applications. Twenty-two jobs will be created during the design, construction and commissioning of the plant, and a further 3 ongoing jobs post-commissioning.

$1,000,000

$3,800,000

Winton Wetlands Committee

Community Feasibility Study

The feasibility study will investigate and articulate the current capital requirements and economic potential of a 10 megawatt solar power plant. The study will identify and address key considerations for the proposed large scale solar renewable energy project including soil type, aspect, drainage and access, native vegetation assessment, indigenous cultural heritage assessment and community engagement and amenity impacts.

$50,000

$60,000

Hepburn Shire Council Community - Project Implementation
Implement a waste to energy system to transform organic waste which would otherwise go to landfill in to a valuable energy resource. The project will reduce disposal and utility costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs in regional Victoria.
$650,000

$2,365,000
Geli Australia

Industry - Manufacturing

This project will deliver locally manufactured battery-ready monitoring and control systems in up to 1000 homes across Victoria. Participating households are expected to have their electricity bills reduced by at least 10 percent, while gaining the ability to monitor electricity consumption and solar production in real time, as well as monitor and control battery use. This project is expected to generate up to seven ongoing full-time jobs and more than 80 indirect jobs.

$850,000

$3,180,000
City of Greater Bendigo Community - Feasibility Study

This project will deliver a Feasibility Study on heating and power solutions for regional and rural aquatic centres to improve their environmental and economic sustainability. The outcomes will be relevant to all councils across Victoria as well for the wide range of independent aquatic centre owners and managers.
$45,500

$81,500
City of Greater Bendigo Community - Business Case

This project will deliver a business case for expanding the current City of Greater Bendigo bike share scheme to a total of three locations in Bendigo. The vision is an integrated bike share network scheme linking multiple employers and organisations across Bendigo, reducing car trips and associated emissions. The business case will establish the best solution for delivering this vision.
$83,300

$141,300
Clean Technology Partners

Industry - Technology

Solar engineering company Clean Technology Partners, in partnership with Siemens, will develop an 'e-cube', a standardised grid connection solution which will facilitate quicker and more cost-efficient connections to Victoria's power grid.

The e-cube will allow solar and wind projects to easily connect to the distribution network and will suit a range of system sizes, connection types, and network requirements. This project will create up to 10 ongoing full-time jobs and up to a further 20 indirect employment opportunities.

$142,000

$569,000

ARVIO

Industry - Manufacturing

A consortium of five companies, led by innovation company ARVIO. This project will manufacture a solar storage control system and software technology kit in Victoria, rather than using imported equipment and create 20 full-time jobs. The project will see 200 solar storage energy kits installed in residences, buildings and community facilities across Victoria to provide electricity during power outages.

$825,000

$6,170,000

Round Two Documents

Applications for round two of the New Energy Jobs Fund closed on 1 March 2017. Up to $6 million in funding was available in round two. Round two had two separate application streams; community and industry. Categories focus on manufacturing, technology, community and skills. Documents for round two include:

Community Application

Industry Application

Fact Sheets, FAQs and Funding Agreement Templates
Guide to Community-Owned Renewable Energy for Victorians
  • The Victorian Government produced the Community Energy Projects Guidelines Booklet (PDF 2979.29 KB)PDF icon to give communities information about developing community-owned renewable energy projects. It is a resource for community groups that are considering a renewable energy project and those that are already in the process of establishing a project. The guide consolidates existing knowledge and resources and provides links to further information and advice. It provides practical pointers on critical commercial, technical, governance and regulatory aspects of renewable energy projects, including a wealth of useful information on identifying an appropriate business model, selecting the most suitable technology and managing a project.
  • The Community Energy Congress is the premier event on Australia's community energy calendar. Congress 2017 was held at Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 February. The event will bring together over 500 people from community energy groups, renewable energy developers, policy makers, network companies, retailers, councils, NGOs and regulators, lawyers, financiers and more. For more information see c4ce.net.au/congress

Round One Projects

There were 24 successful applicants under the first round of the New Energy Jobs Fund:

Lead Applicant

Project Description and Category Grant and Project Value
MIL-Systems 

Industry – Manufacturing

Project will support the manufacturer of next generation Wi-Fi enabled solar Reactive Power Control (RPC) Inverters. The inverters can control both real and reactive power injections to the grid, helping increase grid stability and increasing the penetration of renewable energy applications.

$180,000

$830,423

 

Waranga Green Energy

Industry – Technology

The project is to construct and operate a 200 tonne per day bio-energy (bio-digester) plant to utilise agricultural wastes and generate renewable heat and power.  The power and heat generated will be use to power a piggery, produce dry organic fertilizer for sale, CO2 addition to and heating of horticultural greenhouses and export of excess power to the grid.

$1,000,000

$31,000,000
Maroondah City Council

Community – Project

The project is to install over 1100 solar PV systems on low income and vulnerable households across numerous councils. The project will overcome barriers to uptake and funding by exploring rates-based and alternative innovative funding models, achieving economies of scale and utilising a shared services approach by municipalities. 

$764,589

$5,121,733
SEA Automotive

Industry – Manufacturing

Project will invest in a Commercial Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Facility to produce an innovative range of electric powered commercial vehicles. The modular electric drive power pack system (patent pending) will be installed in medium duty trucks. The system will either power new trucks or repower existing diesel trucks creating an affordable second path to fleet electrification for transport operators.

$516,720

$1,033,440
RayGen Resources

Industry – Manufacturing

The project will support the design, construction and manufacture of an improved automated production line for RayGen's world-leading concentrated solar SPV module technology. The project will deliver manufacturing cost reductions through scale and drive export market potential for their innovative technology.

$1,059,000

$4,236,000

 

Community Housing Federation of Victoria

Community – Business Case

The project is to develop a business case for the provision of clean energy technologies (solar PV, storage, heat pump, LEDs) within aged care facilities, rooming houses and apartments within the social housing sector. The project will develop and disseminate cost effective solutions to community housing organisations including cost savings and financing models. 

$100,000

$170,000
South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCA)

Community – Advisory Services

The project will provide expert advice on new energy opportunities to new home buyers during the building design stage. Providing advice on orientation, windows, insulation, draught sealing, cooling and heating systems, hot water and solar/battery systems empowers the homeowner to work with their builder to construct a home that maximises passive thermal efficiencies and reduces operating costs. 

$330,000

$492,000
Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society

Community – Business Case

The project will research and deliver a strategic plan to realise the vision of being a leader of community-generated energy. Building upon the current 30% solar PV saturation, it will investigate existing energy demands, and explore a business case to transition Natimuk to 100% clean power.

$83,175

$113,375
Mount Alexander Sustainability Group

Community – Business Case

The project is to explore the feasibility of a waste to energy (bio-energy) plant. The study will explore various agricultural feedstocks, and municipal waste streams, along with various anaerobic bio-digester technologies and processes to generate heat and gas for local use and export to the grid.

$100,000

$341,148
Selectronic Australia

Industry – Energy Storage

The project will implement a range of communication protocols and standards that allow new energy technologies and services to interact in real time and be jointly used towards delivering whole-of-system efficiencies.  The project will include use of data analytics, demand generation forecasts and optimal energy storage control strategies. The  rollout of compatibility standards will establish Victoria  as a global leader in new energy storage technologies.

$250,000

$977,760
Moreland Energy Foundation

Community – Advisory Services

The project will build upon existing resources to enable Community Solar Organisations (CSOs) to deliver successful projects. The project will deliver a tool kit comprising standard legal documents required for contracts with roof hosts and investors and all information to be provided and disseminated via a Community Solar Portal.

$164,000

$214,050
East Gippsland Shire Council

Community – Business Case

The project will research and develop a business case for East Gippsland that will map out various scenarios and identify existing and future resources, infrastructure, employment, energy productivity and emissions reduction options. The business case will be tested by the community and will set out a pathway to energy transformation in Gippsland.

$100,000

$153,500
Greensync

Industry - Technology

The project will explore how an integrated demand management solution can shave peaks in energy demand and reduce network constraints in the Mornington Peninsula region. Smart meters, battery storage and air conditioner controllers will be tested for their potential contribution to avoiding significant network upgrade needs.

$554,886

$4,252,734
Wodonga City Council

Community – Business Case

The project is to study the feasibility and cost effectiveness of installing a 2MW solar PV system to power 350 low-income households, and to develop a community education centre to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

$80,000

$210,600
Goulburn Valley Community Energy

Community – Business Case

Study to determine appropriate renewable energy options to augment existing and projected energy supply requirements in Tatura. Scope to include discussions with Network Provider to determine feasibility and to develop broader collaboration stakeholders to identify economic feasibility.
$50,000
Euroa Environment Group

Community – Business Case

A study to investigate the appropriateness of pumped hydroelectric energy storage at Euroa / Strathbogie and Seymour/ Trawool. 
$50,000
National Union of Workers

Community – Business Case

The study is to investigate the possibility of establishing a not for profit cooperative that retails electricity and gas to supply lower cost energy to National Union of Workers (NUW) members and other participant groups, from renewable energy sources.
$50,000
Gippsland Climate Change Network

Community – Business Case

A study to investigate the potential to initiate a Biohub network in the Gippsland region. Study to include consideration of supply and demand, potential site locations, feedstock availability and logistics.

$50,000

Mirboo North Community Shed Co-op

Community – Business Case

The study will investigate the feasibility of renewable technologies including wind, small scale solar, hydroelectricity and battery storage and determine the most appropriate source, scale and mix to ensure best fit between energy supply and local community needs.
$50,000
Nillumbik Shire Council

Community – Project

Project to complete a business case for a solar pv system, connected to battery storage at the Community Bank Stadium that can be isolated from the grid during power outages and will include electric vehicle charging stations for community use.

$18,000

Geelong Sustainability Group

Community – Business Case

The project will prepare Geelong Sustainability (GS) to implement community owned renewable energy projects in the region.

$48,000 

Wangaratta Government Centre

Community – Business Case

Business case to identify clients, develop a strategy on distribution licences and economic feasibility of a proposed 10MW solar farm for a site on council-owned land.

$100,000 

Hepburn Shire Council

Community – Business Case

A study to examine the processing of municipal and commercial organic waste through a closed-system, fast rate anaerobic digester to produce bio-gas for cogeneration of electricity and heat. The study will specifically consider the technology, revenue streams, feedstock quantity & quality, identification of potential clients and likelihood of a connection agreement.

$50,000

 

United Dairy Farmers of Victoria

Community – Business Case

A study to determine the commercially available technology options for a future business case that will consider the role that energy storage could play in cost-effectively overcoming residual power issues associated with SWER lines. Storage is capable of smoothing peak energy consumption in areas with clusters of dairy farms and milk processing facilities at peak milking and processing times.

$50,000

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