The New South Wales Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, has announced the nine community groups which will receive grants to fund planning and feasibility studies for renewable energy projects.
The funds will go to seven solar and two wind projects:
- New England Wind – $50,000 to investigate the viability of potential sites in the New England Tablelands for a community-owned wind farm
- Palerang Local Action Network for Sustainability – $30,000 to identify a project funding pathway for community renewable energy and comple a pre-feasibility study for community wind and solar projects in Palerang
- Clean Energy Association of Newcastle & Surrounds – $52,000 for scoping the installation of a commercial scale (70-200 kilowatt) solar PV system in Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
- White Cliffs Sporting Club – $50,000 to investigate the opportunity to use the de-commissioned White Cliffs Solar Power Station for community renewable energy.
- Central Coast Community Energy Association – $50,000 to investigate a model for public-community ownership of a solar PV system with Gosford Council in Woy Woy.
- Clean Energy for Eternity – $58,000 to establish a solar photovoltaic community energy project in Warringah
- Farming the Sun – $35,000 for scoping the Australia’s first community-owned solar farm in New England North West and Northern Rivers
- Climate Rescue of Wagga – $26,000 for pre-feasibility work for establishment of two community owned 100 kilowatt solar photovoltaic systems in Wagga Wagga
- Central NSW Community Energy Co-operative – $60,000 to identify how to overcome barriers and generating opportunities for community renewable energy wind power in Central NSW