As part of the NSW Government’s objective to meet net-zero emissions by 2050, it introduced the NSW Clean Energy Knowledge Sharing Initiative inviting businesses to share stories, break down barriers and directly support clean energy projects.
Applications closed 28 February 2018, and case studies, videos and other information on supported projects will be made available over the coming months under the following project streams.
- Pilot and demonstration projects
- Feasibility studies
- Knowledge sharing support
For more information, contact the Clean Energy Programs Unit of the Department of Planning and Environment.
Call 02 8229 2837 or
Email sustainable.energy [at] planning.nsw.gov.au.
Five pilot or demonstration projects have been awarded funding under the Clean Energy Knowledge Sharing Initiative. The successful applicants are:
Chrysalis School for Rudolf Steiner Education and Enesol
A smart solar battery system that enables demand management and avoids network upgrades
Enova Community Energy
A business district embedded network with a smart precinct microgrid with solar and large battery storage that can be used by consumers and the distribution network operator
A pilot using smart inverter technology that reduces voltage issues in network areas with high solar photovoltaics uptake
A demonstration of peer-to-peer trading relating to excess solar power between customers of the same electricity retailer
A business model enabling tenants to access solar photovoltaics and also work with the distribution network operator to reduce grid constraints
More information about supported projects will be made available in the coming months.
Five feasibility studies have been awarded funding under the Clean Energy Knowledge Sharing Initiative. The successful applicants are:
- CLEAN Cowra
A bioenergy and electricity microgrid for an industrial precinct
- Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby
A community run project investigating hydro design options for re-commissioning the 1926 Mullumbimby hydro power station
A bioenergy peaking plant co-located with wind and solar projects
A rooftop solar thermal system that provides industrial process heat and reduces natural gas usage
- Liberty OneSteel
A waste heat to electricity power plant at a high-temperature industrial plant
More information about the supported projects will be made available in the coming months.
Narara Ecovillage is a 64-hectare property designed to support 60 homes, located on the Central Coast of NSW.
The Ecovillage operates a smart grid including their own residential and centralised renewable energy generation, storage and intelligent control mechanisms. The project shows how a housing development can be carbon neutral, and how the electricity grid can cope with high levels of renewable energy generation in suburban developments. Once completed, the Ecovillage will boast over 650 kilowatts of solar photovoltaics, 460 kilowatt hours of battery storage and its own wastewater treatment plant.
The renewable smart grid is an essential aspect of Narara Ecovillage’s mission to demonstrate the feasibility of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities.
In this case study you will find a description of the Narara Ecovillage energy project, guidance on navigating technical and regulatory challenges, and key outcomes of the project.
Lismore floating solar farm
Lismore floating solar farm were invited to share their insights on clean energy innovation, and Clean Energy Workshops were also run.
The Lismore Community Solar Initiative has created Australia’s first ever council-operated, community funded solar farms. Two companies, each with twenty community shareholders, have lent capital to Lismore City Council to build two solar farms. The project initially received support from NSW Government under the Growing Community Energy program.
One of the solar farms is a 99-kilowatt floating assembly at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant, where the solar panels float on the surface of an overflow pond. The installation will provide 12% of the site’s energy usage and is expected to save at least $24,000 annually.
Thanks to its design and innovation, the panels will generate more energy on hot days than ground-mounted or roof-mounted panels plus have a longer lifetime. Additional benefits include reduced water evaporation and reduced algae growth.
This technology is ideal for other space-constrained sites with existing dams or ponds combined with high energy usage.
In late 2017, the NSW Government in conjunction with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Frontier Impact Group invited community energy groups, local government, businesses and residents to learn more about community energy finance.
Community Renewable Energy Toolkit Workshops
The Community Renewable Energy Toolkit Workshop series has concluded and workshop resources and in-person support can still be accessed via Frontier Impact Group’s website.
The Toolkit provides:
Microsoft Excel templates to assess the financial viability of a community energy project
A how-to guide for getting community renewable energy projects off the ground
Tips for operating a renewable energy project with sound economic outcomes for all involved stakeholders.