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|
Industry – Technology
22 jobs will be created during the design, construction and commissioning of the plant, and a further three ongoing jobs post-commissioning.
|Winton Wetlands Committee|
Community Feasibility Study
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.
|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.
Industry – Manufacturing
This project is expected to generate up to seven ongoing full-time jobs and more than 80 indirect jobs.
|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.
|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.
|Clean Technology Partners|
Industry – Technology
This project will create up to 10 ongoing full-time jobs and up to a further 20 indirect employment opportunities.
Industry – Manufacturing
The project will see 200 solar storage energy kits installed in residences, buildings and community facilities across Victoria to provide electricity during power outages.
|BREAZE||Community – Business Case|
This business case will determine whether waste wood and sawdust can be diverted from landfill and used to make briquettes for commercial and industrial use.
BREAZE (Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions INC.) will examine the manufacturing, distribution and transport of briquettes, with the aim of demonstrating how existing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems can be converted to run on these bio-waste briquettes.
|Yarra Ranges Shire Council||Community – Project Implementation|
This project will deliver a 100 kW hydroelectric generation project using water taken from, and returned to, Ythan Creek in Warburton. It will demonstrate renewable energy generation and will act as a pilot site for similar community energy projects using 'run of river' mini-hydro techniques.
As it is owned and operated by a community organisation, project profits are returned to the local community via their innovative sponsorship model and to local community shareholders.
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:
- NEJF Round 2 - Community Application Guidelines (PDF 774.85 KB)
- Mandatory Application Attachments (DOCX 33 KB)
- NEJF Round 2 - Industry Application Guidelines (PDF 736 KB)
- Mandatory Application Attachments (DOCX 33 KB)
Fact Sheets, FAQs and Funding Agreement Templates
- NEJF Round 2 Fact Sheet (PDF 1822.81 KB)
- NEJF Round 2 - FAQs updated.pdf (PDF 120.09 KB)
- NET Sector Strategy Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF 1786.78 KB)
- New Energy Jobs Fund - Community - Template Agreement (DOCX 186.09 KB)
- New Energy Jobs Fund - Industry - Template Agreement.docx (DOCX 195.91 KB)
Guide to Community-Owned Renewable Energy for Victorians
- The Victorian Government produced the Community Energy Projects Guidelines Booklet (PDF 2979.29 KB) 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:
|Project Description and Category||Grant and Project Value|
Industry – ManufacturingProject 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.
|Waranga Green Energy|
Industry – TechnologyThe 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.
|Maroondah City Council|
Community – ProjectThe 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.
Industry – ManufacturingProject 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.
Industry – ManufacturingThe 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.
|Community Housing Federation of Victoria|
Community – Business CaseThe 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.
|South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCA)|
Community – Advisory ServicesThe 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.
|Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society|
Community – Business CaseThe 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.
|Mount Alexander Sustainability Group|
Community – Business CaseThe 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.
Industry – Energy StorageThe 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.
|Moreland Energy Foundation|
Community – Advisory ServicesThe 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.
|East Gippsland Shire Council|
Community – Business CaseThe 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.
Industry - TechnologyThe 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.
|Wodonga City Council|
Community – Business CaseThe 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.
|Goulburn Valley Community Energy|
Community – Business CaseStudy 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.
|Euroa Environment Group|
Community – Business CaseA study to investigate the appropriateness of pumped hydroelectric energy storage at Euroa / Strathbogie and Seymour/ Trawool.
|National Union of Workers|
Community – Business CaseThe 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.
|Gippsland Climate Change Network|
Community – Business CaseA 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.
|Mirboo North Community Shed Co-op|
Community – Business CaseThe 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.
|Nillumbik Shire Council|
Community – ProjectProject 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.
|Geelong Sustainability Group|
Community – Business CaseThe project will prepare Geelong Sustainability (GS) to implement community owned renewable energy projects in the region.
|Wangaratta Government Centre|
Community – Business CaseBusiness 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.
|Hepburn Shire Council|
Community – Business CaseA 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.
|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.
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