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Overview

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Objectives

The $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) supports Victorian-based projects which:

  • create long-term sustainable jobs
  • increase the uptake of renewable energy generation
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • and drive innovation in new energy technologies

all of which expand and extend renewable energy developments creating long-term market confidence.

The fund is a key component of the $200 million Future Industries Fund to support high-growth, high-value industries critical to securing Victoria's future as a competitive, innovative and outward-looking economy.

Key dates

Round 6 of New Energy Jobs Fund grants closed in August 2022.

Funded projects

Round 6 New Energy Jobs Fund grants

The projects funded to date have embraced various innovative technologies, feasibility studies, business cases and implementation of ready community-led renewable energy projects.

NEJF Round 6 aimed to deliver a broad range of renewable energy and energy efficiency feasibility studies, business cases, and implementation-ready capital works projects, driving energy innovation to support Victoria’s transitions to net zero by 2050.

Projects should demonstrate they support some, or all, of the following considerations:

  • increase the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions
  • create and support renewable energy jobs in Victoria
  • where possible, utilise local content, for example, skills and services, to deliver the project
  • deliver social, economic, and environmental benefits to communities and businesses in Victoria.

Applicants were encouraged to propose innovative projects that benefit a broad array of stakeholders, increase energy productivity, and support the adoption and utilisation of renewable energy.

Funding

Up to $1 million was available in grant funding under NEJF Round 6. Projects seeking a funding amount of less than $100,000 were considered more favourably.

Round 5 New Energy Jobs Fund grants

The New Energy Jobs Fund has supported, through Rounds 1 to 5, 70 projects delivering business cases and feasibility studies, new technology demonstrations and community-led and owned renewable energy projects, with the installation of 3.4MW of primarily community-led renewable energy and approximately 600 kWh of battery storage, to date.

12,924,516.04 was awarded.

Round 1 - $4,818,907 awarded

Proponent name

Project title

Funding awarded

Date completed

Community Housing Federation of Victoria

Community Housing

$100,000

March 2017

East Gippsland Shire Council

East Gippsland Shire Energy Roadmap

$100,000

June 2019

Euroa Environment Group

Strathbogie Pumped Hydro

$50,000

February 2018

Geelong Sustainability Group Inc

Community Renewables

$48,000

May 2017

Gippsland Climate Change Network Incorporated

Biomass Gippsland

$50,000

February 2017

Greensync

The Community Grid Project

$554,886

June 2019

GV Community Energy Pty Ltd

Tatura Energy Future

$50,000

June 2017

Hepburn Shire Council

Hepburn Shire Bioenergy

$50,000

April 2017

Maroondah City Council

City Council Solar PV

$764,589

June 2019

MIL-Systems Pty Ltd

MIL-Systems Inverters

$180,000

February 2019

Mirboo North Community Shed Co-operative

Community Shed Co-op Feasibility Study

$50,000

December 2017

Moreland Energy Foundation

Moreland Energy Foundation Solar

$164,000

September 2018

Mount Alexander Bioenergy Pty Ltd

Waste to Energy

$99,316

October 2018

Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc

Community Renewables

$91,493

April 2018

National Union of Workers Victorian Branch

National Union of Workers Co-op Energy Retailer

$43,480

November 2017

Nillumbik Shire Council

Nillumbik Shire Storage

$18,192

March 2018

RayGen Resources Pty Ltd

Raygen CSPV

$1,059,000

May 2018

SEA Automotive Pty Ltd

Patico Automotive Electric Vehicles

$516,721

July 2018

Selectronic Australia Pty Ltd

Selectronic Storage

$250,000

June 2020

South East Councils Climate Change Alliance Incorporated

SECCCA Residential RE Advice

$330,000

July 2020

United Dairy Farmers of Victoria

United Dairy Farmers SWER Lines

$49,230

May 2017

Wangaratta Rural City Council

Wangaratta Government Centre RCoW Solar

$100,000

June 2018

Wodonga City Council

Wodonga Council Feasibility

$100,000

May 2018

Round 2 - $4,819,630 awarded

Proponent name

Project title

Funding awarded

Date completed

ADANT Services Group trading as Australian Wind and Solar AWS SunMate $100,000 December 2019

ARVIO PTY LTD

Rolling out a Victorian-made Energy Independence kit for homes

$825,000

September 2019

Australian Vietnamese Women's Association

AVWA/YEF Solar Showcase

$100,000

April 2019

Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc

Bio-energy Briquette Supply Chain

$23,890.55

May 2018

City of Darebin

NAGA Local Electricity Trading Feasibility Study

$31,198

July 2018

Clean Technology Partners Pty Ltd

‘e-cube’ Grid Connection Solution for Victorian Large-Scale Renewable Project

$142,446

January 2020

Community Housing Federation of Victoria

Energising the Community Housing Sector - Business and Service Model Implementation

$179,695

April 2020

DNV GL Australia Pty Limited

Gap Analysis and Development of a Performance Standard for Battery Storage

$500,000

August 2020

Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd

Old Energy-New Energy Stages 1 & 2

$241,850

July 2020

Geelong Sustainability Group Inc

Geelong Community Energy & CORE Solar Project

$140,000

October 2019

Greater Bendigo City Council

Lighting the Regions Councils - New Energy Aquatic Centre Heating & Power Feasibility

$45,500

May 2018

Greater Bendigo City Council

Bendigo Institutional Bikeshare Business Case

$74,898.49

September 2018

Hepburn Shire Council

Hepburn Waste to Energy System Implementation

$532,000

June 2021

Indigo Shire Council

Community Energy Retail Business Case

$99,079

September 2018

Nillumbik Shire Council

Greening Our Teams - Community Bank Stadium Solar System

$234,073

January 2017

RayGen Resources Pty Ltd

Victorian 0.5MW PV Ultra Commercial Power Plant

$1,000,000

June 2018

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Bioenergy Industrial Development Feasibility

$50,000

February 2019

Winton Wetlands Committee of Management Incorporated

Mokoan Power Project

$50,000

May 2018

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Warburton Community Hydro Project

$450,000

November 2018

Round 3 - $1,538,393 awarded

Proponent nameProject titleFunding awardedDate completed

Barwon Region Water Corporation

Roadmap Barwon South West

$300,000

May 2020

Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance

Roadmap Loddon Mallee

$300,000

January 2020

Gippsland Climate Change Network Incorporated

Roadmap Gippsland

$100,000

January 2020

Grampians New energy Taskforce (GNeT)

Roadmap Grampians

$423,393

June 2020

Delta Energy Systems (Australia) PTY LTD

Solar vehicle charging: Seeding a new industry in Victoria

$210,000

May 2020

Wangaratta Rural City Council

Milawa Micro-grid Community Business Case

$10,000

January 2020

ZECO Australian Energy Solutions Pty Ltd

Solar Owl

$150,000

October 2020

Sub-total

$1,583,393

Round 4 - $644,294 awarded

Proponent nameProject titleFunding awardedDate completed

Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc

Powered for Life

$7,728

November 2019

Coghills Creek Progress Association Inc.

Helped by Solar

$6,363

June 2019

McCallum Disability Services Inc

Proudly Renewable Powered Disability Services

$49,500

June 2019

Mirboo North Community Shed Co-operative

Mirboo North Hall Precinct Solar Project

$88,000

October 2019

Pyrenees Shire Council

Skipton Hospital Straw Heating

$278,662

October 2021

Renewable Albury Wodonga Energy Inc.

The North East Solar Benefits Program

$54,256

October 2019

Stony Creek Racecourse and Recreation Reserve Inc

Solar and Battery Installation at the Stony Creek Reserve

$56,000

January 2020

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Yackandandah Public Virtual Power Plant

$103,788

November 2019

Round 5 - $1,058,289 awarded

Proponent name Project title Funding awarded Date completed

Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc

Pinarc Social Solar

$92,300

October 2021

Bell Park Sport and Recreation Club

Solar Power Installation

$26,292

May 2021

Bendigo Sustainability Group Inc

Bendigo Community Small Scale Solar

$170,000

August 2022

Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve Inc

Community safety and comfort

$20,000

June 2021

Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd

Dalyston Football Netball Club Renewable Energy Installation

$36,500

May 2021

Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd

Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House Renewable Energy Project

$52,900

May 2021

Gippsland Climate Change Network Incorporated

Latrobe Valley Revolving Solar Project

$72,710

November 2021

Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-Operative Limited / Hepburn Wind

Hepburn Wind Micro-PPA model and ‘Z-NET in Action’ program

$70,940

In progress

Hockey Ballarat Inc

Surf Coast Energy Group

Installation of 36KW Solar System

$15,000

June 2021

Surf Coast Energy Group

Barwon Solar Schools

$121,405

December 2021

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Yackandandah Community Battery

$171,771

November 2021

Walwa Bush Nursing Hospital Inc

Walwa Bush Nursing Centre - Energy Resilience Node

$199,471

August 2021

Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club Inc

Installation of solar electricity system Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club

$9,000

March 2021