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New Energy Technologies

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

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 Future Industries Fund supports high growth industry sectors that are critical to securing Victoria's future as a competitive, innovative and outward looking economy.

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. These include:

  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • New Energy Technologies
  • Food and Fibre
  • Transport, Defence and Construction Technologies
  • International Education
  • Professional Services.

A grants program delivered through the Future Industries Fund will support these sectors to compete in the global marketplace.

Grants will support projects that create new jobs and those that need government support to succeed. Funding will be delivered through Future Industries Fund programs including:

  • New Energy Jobs Fund
  • Manufacturing Program
  • Sector Growth 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.

NEJF Round Two

Applications for round two of the New Energy Jobs Fund closed on 1 March 2017. Up to $6 million in funding is available in round two. Round two has 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 CategoryGrant 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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Email: new.energy@delwp.vic.gov.au

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