New Energy Jobs Fund

The $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund is designed to support Victorian-based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies.

The projects funded embraced a variety of

  • innovative technologies
  • feasibility studies
  • business cases

to expand and extend renewable developments to create long-term market confidence.

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

For more about the New Energy Jobs Fund, visit Business Victoria, or email new.energy@delwp.vic.gov.au

Round 5 of New Energy Jobs Fund grants

September 2020 news

$1 million in NEJF Round 5 grants have been awarded to 13 community-led renewable energy projects across Victoria.

The successful projects listed below will be complete in 12 months.

Walwa Bush Nursing Centre - Energy Resilience Node

CategoryTotal costDELWP fundingExpected completion
Community – project implementation$227,471$199,471November 2021

This project is installing a renewable energy system, including solar panels and batteries at the Walwa Bush Centre. This will provide low-emissions and low-cost power for the integrated community health facility.

A 45 kW solar system, a 66kWh battery and 3 x 20kW battery inverters will be installed. Additionally, the system will include a smart energy control device to provide visualisation of the system for site management. This will also allow for community participation in distributed energy resources market programs in the future.

Bendigo Community Small-Scale Solar Farm

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation$190,000$170,000 November 2021

Bendigo Sustainability Group will design, project manage the construction, and operate a 100kW small-scale community solar farm in the Bendigo region. The farm will generate ongoing income that will be used to undertake further community renewable energy projects.

It is also planned to operate the farm as part of a community energy retail offer.

Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House Renewable Energy Project

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $62,900$52,900 November 2021

This project will install a solar and battery system at one of the most active neighbourhood houses in Victoria. 30kW solar panels and 20kW of batteries will be installed. On-site displays in the foyer and energy awareness classes will help users of the centre, including various community groups, to understand and reduce their energy consumption.

PINARC Social Solar

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $108,800$92,300 November 2021

This project will install approximately 68kW of solar PV on buildings owned by PINARC, a Ballarat based not-for-profit association. PINARC Disability Support is a community organisation providing services to around 1,000 children and adults with disabilities, their families, and carers across the Grampians Region.

Latrobe Valley Revolving Solar Project

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $82,710 $72,710 November 2021

The Gippsland Climate Change Network and the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub will install solar PV systems on two local businesses and establish an independent income stream. The income stream is based on lease arrangements with the businesses with the proceeds applied to financing other community energy projects.

Yackandandah Community Battery

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $418,607$171,771 November 2021

This project will be the first community owned behind the meter solar power system used to supply local retail electricity customers in Australia. This will be achieved through the community energy retailer Indigo Power. The project is a pilot, being used to demonstrate the feasibility and viability of this type of project.

70kW of solar PV will be geared each day to charge a 274kWH battery. Once the battery is fully charged, the solar panels will export electricity to the grid to be used by Indigo Power customers in Yackandandah that do not have solar PV on their roofs. Once the solar array stops generating, the battery will be discharged and the electricity will be available for the same customers during the evening peak electricity load. The battery will support approximately 40-50 households for the evening peak.

Installation of 36kW Solar System

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $27,748 $15,000 November 2021

Hockey Ballarat is a not-for-profit sporting association that prides itself on providing a positive, engaging and inclusive environment for people wanting to play sport. This grant will allow Hockey Ballarat to implement the energy efficient technology project of installing a solar panel system which will benefit our association by easing the financial outlay required without taking funds away from other areas such as our repair and maintenance fund.

Hockey Ballarat will install a 36kw solar panel system at Prince of Wales Park in an effort to reduce carbon emissions along with creating financial saving benefits that will result in easing financial barriers for those looking to participate in playing hockey.

Solar Power Installation

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $29,292$26,292 November 2021

The project will installation a solar powered energy system and will have an immediate impact in terms of reduced reliance on our current energy provider, a much stronger awareness of energy use for all club members and staff and the beginning of cost saving.

The project goals are to reduce our energy consumption, improve environmental footprint and reduce cost by installing a renewable energy system. Savings made over time can be redirected to serving the Bell Park sporting community to support football, netball and cricket teams.

Installation of solar electricity system Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $13,555 $9,000 November 2021

The project will install a 10.5 Kw solar system (roof panels, inverter, grid connection) at the Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club clubhouse. Lawn tennis clubs have significant irrigation pumping costs, and this project will reduce fossil fuel usage on pumping as well as clubhouse refrigeration and evaporative cooling appliances.

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

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $104,788 $70,940 November 2021

The Hepburn Wind Micro-PPA model will enable long term financing and income security for the co-located solar farm and a ‘Z-NET in Action’ program integrating data and demand management, Community Switch Campaign and EV charging.

The Micro-PPA model will reduce costs to the customer by providing greater contract certainty, thereby reducing risk. This will enable customers to lock in price certainty, provide generators with revenue certainty, and enable project developers to secure finance. Hepburn Wind will also co-fund with Wattwatchers and ARENA a trial deployment of free monitoring devices to 3 schools, 20 homes and 5 businesses. In addition, a further 350 partially funded (by ARENA) home packages, two schools and 20 business packages for those that wish to contribute and take up the offer.

Barwon Solar Schools

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $104,405 $91,405 November 2021

This project will Install 102.4 kW of solar PV on five primary schools (20.48 kW on each school) to reduce carbon emissions and electricity bills. Cost savings will fund sustainability education projects and programs for over 1,600 students in the Barwon region.

The opportunity is to install solar PV systems on five primary schools in the Barwon region will reduce their carbon emissions and electricity bills. Cost savings will be used to fund further sustainability actions, especially those identified in Sustainability Victoria's ResourceSmart Schools program and modules on biodiversity, energy, waste and water to increase sustainability and sustainability education across school facilities, curricula and communities.

Community safety and comfort

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $22,500 $20,000 November 2021

The project involves the installation of a solar panel system with battery backup which will allow us to be better prepared for emergency situations and grid power failure and reduce our carbon footprint and power costs. We have a proposal for a 6.5kw solar panel array with inverter and a 9.8 kWh battery backup.

The Reserve is a designated emergency relief and refuge centre and we are concerned that if being used by the community during a bushfire or other emergency event the grid power is disrupted we have no means of providing lighting or other essentials that rely on electricity. A solar system will also allow us to reduce our carbon footprint and significantly reduce our power costs.

Renewable Energy Installation

Category Total cost DELWP funding Expected completion
Community – project implementation $41,500 $36,500 November 2021

The project will be situated at the Dalyston Football Netball Club rooms, part of the Dalyston Recreation Reserve.

This project will install 40 kW solar panels on clubrooms to assist the volunteer organisation with crippling energy costs, currently $2,000 a month. As a sporting club with a long, distinguished history of community involvement this will also help them to recover from the COVID lockdown and make them sustainable into the future.

New energy job funds by region

Case studies by region

SEA Automotive

This project involved investing in a Commercial Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Facility to produce an innovative range of electric powered commercial vehicles. The project used a modular electric drive power pack system that can be installed in medium duty trucks. The system can either power new trucks or repower existing diesel trucks, creating an affordable second path to fleet electrification for transport operators.

Energy Innovation Cooperative Ltd

The Old Energy New Energy Project is a multi-staged project that will showcase energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. 92kW of solar PV with 41kWh battery storage owned by Energy Innovation Cooperative (EI Co-op) has been installed at the State Coal Mine Wonthaggi, under a trial partnership with Parks Victoria. Income from power sales to Parks Victoria supplies EI Co-op’s revolving Southern CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) fund long-term, providing no-interest loans for solar photovoltaic systems and batteries on community facilities and National Parks.

Pyrenees Shire Council – Skipton Hospital

This project will replace LPG heating at the Skipton Hospital with a straw pellet fuelled heating system using locally produced straw pellets. This will see reduced hospital heating costs and decreased carbon emissions. It will improve local air quality by reducing stubble burning and provide additional income for local farmers.

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Totally Renewable Yackandandah will install solar PV and batteries (at selected sites) on ten community buildings in and around the township of Yackandandah. This will provide low cost, behind the meter, electricity to the largely volunteer-led groups housed in the buildings.

RayGen Resources

This project developed a 0.5MW commercial power plant in Newbridge and supported the expansion of the company's export business. RayGen's PV Ultra is one of the highest efficiency solar technologies commercially available, utilising technology typically used in space applications.

Greensync

This project explored how an integrated demand management solution can shave peaks in energy demand and reduce network constraints in the Mornington Peninsula region. Smart meters, battery storage and air conditioner controllers were tested for their potential contribution to avoiding significant network upgrade needs.

Funded projects

Lead applicantProject description and category

Status

Barwon Water

Community – Project Implementation

Develop a Regional Renewable Roadmap for the Barwon South West region.

In progress

Geelong Sustainability Group

Community – Business Case

Prepared Geelong Sustainability to implement community owned renewable energy projects.

Complete

Geelong Sustainability Group

Community – Project Implementation

Create a social enterprise, Geelong Community Energy, to coordinate multiple community energy projects.

Complete

SEA Automotive

Industry – Manufacturing

Commercial electric vehicle manufacturing facility to produce an innovative range of electric powered commercial vehicles.

Complete

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Community – Feasibility Study

Feasibility study on generating heat and electricity for industrial energy uses from wood waste.

Complete

Lead applicantProject description and category

Status

East Gippsland Shire Council

Community – Business Case

Research and develop a pathway to energy transformation in Gippsland.

Complete

Energy Innovation Cooperative Ltd

Community – Project Implementation

Solar PV with battery storage will be installed at the State Coal Mine Wonthaggi.

In Progress

Gippsland Climate Change Network

Community – Business Case

Investigated a Biohub network in Gippsland.

Complete

Gippsland Climate Change Network

Community – Project Implementation

Develop a Regional Renewable Roadmaps for the East Gippsland region.

In Progress

Mirboo North Community Shed Cooperative

Community – Business Case

Investigated renewable technologies’ source, scale and mix to ensure best fit for local community needs.

Complete

Mirboo North Community Shed Cooperative

Community – Project Implementation

Provide 82.5kW of behind the meter solar to four buildings in Mirboo North.

Complete

Stony Creek Racecourse and Recreation Reserve Inc.

Community – Project Implementation

Installation of a solar PV system and battery at the Stony Creek Racecourse and Recreation Reserve.

Complete

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Community – Project Implementation

Hydroelectric generation project at Ythan Creek in Warburton.

Complete

Lead applicantProject description and category

Status

Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc. (BREAZE)

Community – Business Case

Investigate whether waste wood and sawdust can be used to make briquettes.

Complete

Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc. (BREAZE)

Community – Project Implementation

Installation of a 10-kW solar array on the roof of the UnitingCare Ballarat's 'Restore' Op Shop in Ballarat.

Complete

Coghills Creek Progress Association Inc.

Community – Project Implementation

Installation of a 6-kW solar PV system on the roof of the local hall.

Complete

Grampians New energy Taskforce (GNeT)

Community – Project Implementation

Develop a Regional Renewable Roadmaps for the Grampians region.

Complete

Hepburn Shire Council

Community – Business Case

Examined the processing of organic waste through an anaerobic digester to produce bio-gas for cogeneration.

Complete

Hepburn Shire Council

Community – Project Implementation

Implement an organic waste to energy system.

In Progress

Hepburn Community Wind Park Cooperative

Community – Project Implementation

Installation of 3MW of solar to create the first Victorian hybrid wind and solar park.

In Progress

McCallum Disability Services Inc

Community – Project Implementation

Installed a 40-kW solar PV system at McCallum Industries.

Complete

Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society

Community – Business Case

A strategic plan to transition Natimuk to 100% clean power.

Complete

Pyrenees Shire Council

Community – Project Implementation

Replace LPG heating at the Skipton Hospital with a straw pellet fuelled heating system using locally produced straw pellets.

In Progress

Lead applicantProject description and category

Status

Euroa Environment Group

Community – Business Case

Investigated pumped hydroelectric energy storage.

Complete

Goulburn Valley Community Energy

Community – Business Case

Determined appropriate renewable energy options to augment existing energy supply requirements in Tatura.

Complete

Indigo Shire Council

Community – Business Case

Business case for the establishment of a community energy retailer in the Indigo shire.

Complete

Renewable Albury Wodonga Energy Inc.

Community – Project Implementation

Install micro-grid enabled renewable energy systems on ten Beyond Housing homes with residents at risk of homelessness.

Complete

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Community – Project Implementation

Provide low cost power behind the meter to 10 community establishments in Yackandandah.

Complete

Wangaratta Government Centre

Community – Business Case

Developed a strategy on distribution licences and economic feasibility of a solar farm on council-owned land.

Complete

Wangaratta Rural City Council

Community – Business Case

Business case for a micro-grid model for the town of Milawa.

Complete

Waranga Green Energy

Industry – Technology

Construct and operate a bio-energy (bio-digester) plant using agricultural wastes to generate heat and power.

In Progress

Winton Wetlands Committee

Community – Feasibility Study

Investigated economic potential of a 10 megawatt solar power plant.

Complete

Wodonga City Council

Community – Business Case

Explored a solar PV system to power 350 low-income households, and a community education centre.

Complete

Lead applicantProject description and category

Status

Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance

Community – Project Implementation

Develop a Regional Renewable Roadmaps for the Loddon Mallee region.

In progress

City of Greater Bendigo

Community – Business Case

Business case for expanding the current City of Greater Bendigo bike share scheme.

Complete

City of Greater Bendigo

Community – Feasibility Study

Feasibility Study on heating and power solutions for regional and rural aquatic centres.

Complete

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group

Community – Business Case

Explored the feasibility of a waste to energy (bio-energy) plant.

Complete

RayGen Resources

Industry – Technology

Developed commercial power plant in Newbridge and supported expansion of their export business.

Complete

Lead applicantProject description and category

Status

ARVIO

Industry – Manufacturing

Manufacture a solar storage control system and software technology kit in Victoria.

Complete

Australian Vietnamese Women's Association

Community – Project Implementation

Vietnamese-language campaign to facilitate the adoption of solar PV in the Victorian Vietnamese community.

Complete

Australian Wind and Solar (AWS)

Industry – Manufacturing

Set up a facility to design and assemble the AWS SunMate solar management technology in Victoria.

Complete

City of Darebin

Community – Feasibility Study

Assess opportunities to unlock new renewable energy investment through local electricity trading.

Complete

Clean Technology Partners Pty Ltd

Industry – Technology

Developing an 'e-cube', a standardised power grid connection solution.

Complete

Community Housing Federation of Victoria

Community – Business Case

Developed a business case for the provision of clean energy technologies within the social housing sector

Complete

Community Housing Federation of Victoria

Community – Project Implementation

Develop a software-as-a-service platform, automating energy assessments and reports for property upgrades.

In Progress

Delta Energy Systems (Australia)

Industry – Sustainable Transport

Final stage of the development of PV electric vehicle charging technology.

In Progress

DNV GL Australia

Industry – Energy Storage

Gap analysis and development of a performance standard for battery energy storage.

In progress

Greensync

Industry – Technology

Integrated demand management solution to shave energy demand peaks and reduce network constraints.

Complete

Maroondah City Council

Community – Project Implementation

Installing solar PV systems on low income and vulnerable households across numerous councils.

Complete

MIL-Systems

Industry – Manufacturing

Manufacturing next generation Wi-Fi enabled solar Reactive Power Control (RPC) Inverters.

Complete

Moreland Energy Foundation

Community – Advisory Services

Create a toolkit to enable Community Solar Organisations to deliver successful projects.

Complete

National Union of Workers

Community – Business Case

Investigated a not for profit cooperative that retails electricity and gas.

Complete

Nillumbik Shire Council

Community – Business Case

Investigated a solar PV system, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging stations at Community Bank Stadium.

Complete

Nillumbik Shire Council

Community – Project Implementation

Installation of solar PV system, battery storage, inverters and an electric vehicle charging station for public use at Community Bank Stadium.

Complete

RayGen Resources

Industry – Manufacturing

An improved automated production line for RayGen's concentrated solar SPV module technology.

Complete

Selectronic Australia

Industry – Energy Storage

Implement communication protocols and standards that allow new energy technologies to interact in real time.

In progress

South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA)

Community – Advisory Services

Provide expert advice on new energy opportunities to new home buyers during the building design stage.

Fact Sheet

Complete

United Dairy Farmers of Victoria

Community – Business Case

Determined the commercially available technology options for a future business case on energy storage.

Complete

ZECO Australian Energy Solutions Pty Ltd

Industry – Technology

Replace diesel light towers with clean energy Solar Owl light towers.

In progress

New energy technologies

Victoria has a wealth of clean energy resources which are set to play a key role in meeting Victoria's future energy needs. Victoria's share of electricity generated from renewable resources has increased substantially in recent years.

The Victorian Government identified the new energy technology sector as one of the growth sectors vital to the future economic prosperity of Victoria and in March 2016 released a strategy for the New Energy Technology sector, 1 of 6 priority sectors where Victoria is uniquely placed to become a global leader.

Read the strategy and government links:

The Renewable Communities Program

$1.139 million in grant funding aimed at community energy projects that will: increase the uptake of renewable energy generation; consider energy justice and social benefits; promote community participation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This targeted funding recognises the capacity and capability constraints often faced by community renewable energy groups. To find more information about RCP, visit Community Energy.

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