Up to $5M is available from Microgrid Demonstration Initiative to develop and implement state wide demonstration projects, using microgrid models.
Microgrid Demonstration Initiative
The Microgrid Demonstration Initiative is a competitive grant program to support innovative, market driven commercial microgrid demonstration projects in Victoria, across various locations, building types, scales and business models to capture learnings for future applications.
The results will be lower costs to energy utilities and energy consumers, the creation of new products and services and jobs, more reliable power and reduced emissions to support our transition to a low carbon economy.
The Microgrid Demonstration aims to support local players in overcoming microgrid challenges and unlocking microgrid markets in Victoria. The Program seeks to support projects that strengthen the Victorian electrical system,
encourage the development of clean and new energy technologies (including renewable energy and storage) and boost the local economy.
Funding of up to $10 million is available. Applications must meet the Program criteria. The minimum funding limit for individual projects is $100,000 and the maximum is $5 million.
Applicants must provide a cash contribution. There is no minimum funding ratio for this Program, however, a higher ratio will be viewed more favourably.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they can meet the following criteria:
- the Project must take place in Victoria
- the Project activities for which funding is sought have not previously been funded by the Commonwealth or Victorian Governments
- there are no actual or perceived conflict of interest issues in relation to the proposed Project for the Applicant, Lead Organisation and any Participants
- the technology proposed for the Project is commercially-ready new energy technology
- the Lead Organisation and any Participants must not have any unresolved issues with the Environment Protection Agency or WorkSafe Victoria.
Applications are open to a broad range of organisations and can include single entities or a consortium of Participants. However, all applications, whether single entities or a consortium, must nominate a ‘Lead Organisation’. The Application must be approved by a duly authorised representative of the Lead Organisation.
Individuals are not eligible to apply as a Lead Organisation under the Program. Participants (as part of a consortium) do not have to meet the Lead Organisation requirements above.
Indigenous Organisations are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be able to state whether there are any actual or perceived conflict of interest issues in relation to the proposed project for the Applicant, Lead Organisation and any Participants.
Lead Organisation requirements
All lead organisations must:
- operate in Victoria
- nominate an authorised representative
- endorse an application
- verify any commitment of funds for the Project
- be authorised to enter into a Funding Agreement with the State, if successful
- have an Australian Business Number
- be able to demonstrate that either the Lead Organisation or the Lead Organisation’s parent company has at least three years operating history
- provide three years of financial reports (preferably audited) for the Lead Organisation or the Lead Organisation’s parent company. The Department may request, during the Assessment Process, that unaudited financial reports be audited and resubmitted.
Businesses operating for profit, not-for-profit organisations and Victorian Councils are eligible to apply as a Lead Organisation if:
- registered in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001
- incorporated as an association under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012
- incorporated as a co-operative under the Cooperatives National Law Application Act 2013
- a ‘Council’ within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1989
- a committee of management incorporated under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978.
Australian Universities and TAFEs/technical colleges are eligible to apply as a Lead Organisation as a ‘registered higher education provider within the meaning of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.
Applications close 15 February 2018.