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, one of six priority sectors where Victoria is uniquely placed to become a global leader. Attached is the strategy and government links: 

New Energy Technologies - Sector Strategy (PDF, 1.0 MB)
New Energy Technologies - Sector Strategy (accessible version) (DOCX, 349.8 KB)

Key Victorian Government Links -  New energy technologies - references (PDF, 565.0 KB)

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 and 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.

A map of Victoria, divided into six regions: Barwon South West, Gippsland, Grampians, Hume, Loddon Mallee and Port Phillip. The locations of all New Energy Jobs Fund projects are marked on the map.

Image: Map of projects funded under the New Energy Jobs Fund by Region

Number of NEJF projects by region

BARWON SOUTH WEST

5

GIPPSLAND

8

GRAMPIANS

10

HUME

10

LODDON MALLEE

5

PORT PHILLIP

21

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

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

The Old Energy New Energy Project is a multi-staged project that will showcase energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. 86kW of solar PV with 25kWh 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.

In progress

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

Eco 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.

In Progress

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.

In Progress

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.

In Progress

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.

In Progress

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.

In Progress

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Community – Project Implementation

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

In Progress

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.

In Progress

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.

In progress

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.

In progress

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.

In Progress

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.

In progress

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.

In progress

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

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.

Page last updated: 19/07/19