Growing Community Energy

Growing Community Energy is a program to build the community energy sector in NSW through grants, market development and capacity building initiatives. It represents the NSW Government’s commitment to empowering communities to develop and own renewable energy projects.

On 30 October 2014, the Hon. (Rob) Robert Stokes MP, Minister for the Environment, launched the Growing Community Energy grants, calling for applications from community energy groups for grants of up to $70,000.

The Growing Community Energy grants will fund early stage development of community energy projects, recognising that community energy projects face prohibitive start-up costs. The grants will finance pre-feasibility studies, community engagement and planning to help create viable community-owned business models that can attract further investment.

Completing your application

Applications are open until 12pm 15 December 2014 and can be made by completing the Growing Community Energy Application Form and submitting it to clean.energy@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Follow the Growing Community Energy Guidelines to ensure your application has the best possible chance of receiving a grant.

Grant project timeframe

Successful applicants will be required to work with OEH to develop a detailed project plan, agreed milestones and reporting requirements by 30 March 2015.

Projects will have a delivery timeframe of 12 months from April 2015 to March 2016.

Resources and support

Setting up a community energy group

Want to start a community energy project but don’t know where to start? Community-owned renewable energy: a how-to guide is a concise manual to starting your community energy project.

Regional Coordinators

Contact your local OEH Regional Coordinator to discuss your project prior to submitting your grant application. The Regional Coordinators can also provide opportunities for information sharing, networking and advice that will help foster growth of your community energy project.

Webinar

OEH will conduct a webinar on Thursday 13 November 2014 to provide more information on the Growing Community Energy program and guidance with putting together a grant application.

If you would like to attend the webinar, please register here.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2015