Regional Community Energy
This program funds community energy projects in regional NSW to increase renewable energy generation, improve energy reliability and help communities save money on electricity bills.
The program has three streams:
- Grants from the Regional Community Energy Fund for projects that are innovative or generate on-demand renewable energy and benefit the local community.
- Funding for community energy hubs that improve household and small business access to expert energy advice.
- Funding for regional and remote communities to install emergency backup systems for key disaster management and evacuation locations to increase disaster resilience.
Applications for the Regional Community Energy Fund have now closed. The other two program streams will open in the second half of 2019.
The Regional Community Energy Fund provides grants to community energy projects that create innovative and/or dispatchable renewable energy and benefit the local community. The fund will award a total of $20 million over three and a half years for capital expenditure, with two funding rounds.
Applications for the first round of funding closed on 3 May. The assessment process is now underway and the Department expects to inform applicants of the outcome by the end of August.
Each funding round is expected to provide up to $10 million of grant funding. While unlikely, the Department may fully disburse the total grant funding of $20 million in round one, subject to the merit of applications received.
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If you have questions or would like to receive additional information about the program please email communityenergy.program [at] planning.nsw.gov.au.