The NSW Government's Growing Community Energy (GCE) grants program will build the community energy sector in NSW by empowering communities to develop and own renewable energy projects.
The GCE grants will provide start-up funding to the following 19 community energy groups, helping to create community energy projects with viable business models for statewide adaptation.
Opening up the cost benefits of rooftop solar to low income renters with the aim of installing approximately 80kW of solar PV on up to 45 dwellings by the end of 2016.
Community Energy 4 Goulburn
Developing a 1MW solar farm with majority community ownership and a dedicated revenue stream to fund community projects.
Developing a 75kW PV system in partnership with the local council, along with a social feasibility program to ensure effective community engagement.
Energy for Ever
Developing a 70-100kW community-owned solar farm that generates revenue to fund further community energy projects through an annual grants program.
Lismore Community Solar Farms
Developing two 100kW solar farms through community investment and administration in partnership with the local council.
Pilot Renewable Energy Grid
Developing a community-owned demonstration eco village providing housing and recreation in an open community promoting sustainable living.
Biomass to Energy
Developing a model to convert locally-sourced biomass into cost competitive energy that will service local primary industries, residents and businesses.
Lighthouse Community Energy
Establishing a model of community finance that will help other community enterprises to develop viable, up-scaled renewable energy projects.
Northern Rivers Community Bio Hubs
Developing a small-scale bio-gas project in a local dairy to create a business model for further development of two community-owned bio-hubs.
Tyalgum Energy Project
Establishing a community led and managed cooperative for the development of a wholly community-owned project to take the entire town off the grid.
Sydney Renewable Power Company
Installing a community-owned 400kW rooftop solar PV array at the Sydney International Convention Centre development in Darling Harbour.
Remote Aboriginal Community Energy
Establishing a model for urban-rural community energy partnerships that addresses employment and cost of living in remote low-income Aboriginal communities.
South Coast Solar Saver Project
Engaging a low income community in widespread installation of solar PV panels through renewable energy education, technical support and cost-effective bulk purchasing.
Establishing a model for low-income communities and councils to implement renewable energy solutions through bulk buying schemes and Environmental Upgrade Agreement mechanisms.
Conservation Voltage Reduction
Comprehensive assessment of energy savings from Conservation Voltage Reduction technology at distribution transformer level of large electricity customers.
New England Wind
Establishing NSW’s first community-owned wind farm, with a 10MW capacity, led by a consortium of community and professional organisations.
Solar PPA Joint Venture
Collaboration between the NLALC and Allume Energy to reduce energy costs of a disadvantaged indigenous community, and educate and empower them to control their energy use.
Community Run-of-River Hydros
Quantifying the hydroelectric potential of the Dorrigo Plateau and providing project development pathways and ownership models to benefit the local community.
Solar Farm and Bio-digestor for Manilla
A large, local electricity user will act as the host site, providing the bio-waste and buying the generated power, enabling it to go off the grid.
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A guide to setting up your community energy project.
For further information and advice on starting a community energy group, contact your local OEH Regional Coordinator.
Successful applicants will be required to work with us 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.