Community energy grants

Growing Community Energy

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.

Grant recipients

Coffs Coast Climate Action Group

Repower Coffs

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.

The Goulburn Group

Community Energy 4 Goulburn

Developing a 1MW solar farm with majority community ownership and a dedicated revenue stream to fund community projects.

Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby


Developing a 75kW PV system in partnership with the local council, along with a social feasibility program to ensure effective community engagement.

Port-Macquarie-Hastings Sustainability Network

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.

Starfish Initiatives

Lismore Community Solar Farms

Developing two 100kW solar farms through community investment and administration in partnership with the local council.

Narara Eco Village

Pilot Renewable Energy Grid

Developing a community-owned demonstration eco village providing housing and recreation in an open community promoting sustainable living.

CLEAN Cowra Inc.

Biomass to Energy

Developing a model to convert locally-sourced biomass into cost competitive energy that will service local primary industries, residents and businesses.

Clean Energy Association of Newcastle and Surrounds

Lighthouse Community Energy

Establishing a model of community finance that will help other community enterprises to develop viable, up-scaled renewable energy projects.

Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre

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.

Australian Radio Towers

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

Sydney Renewable Power Company

Installing a community-owned 400kW rooftop solar PV array at the Sydney International Convention Centre development in Darling Harbour.

Pingala - Community Renewables for Sydney

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.

Eurobodalla Climate Alliance

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.

Solar Suburbs Association

Solar Suburbs

Establishing a model for low-income communities and councils to implement renewable energy solutions through bulk buying schemes and Environmental Upgrade Agreement mechanisms.

Bathurst Community Climate Action Network

Conservation Voltage Reduction

Comprehensive assessment of energy savings from Conservation Voltage Reduction technology at distribution transformer level of large electricity customers.

New England Wind

New England Wind

Establishing NSW’s first community-owned wind farm, with a 10MW capacity, led by a consortium of community and professional organisations.

Narromine Local Aboriginal Land Council (NLALC)

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.

Dorrigo Chamber of Commerce

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.

Manilla Community Solar Company

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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Page last updated: 03 March 2016