Up to $10M is available to undertake feasibility studies into more reliable, secure and cost effective energy supply for regional and remote communities in Australia.
Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund Microgrids
The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund – Microgrids was announced by the Australian Government to support feasibility studies into more reliable, secure and cost effective energy supply to regional and remote communities in Australia. The program will fund feasibility studies looking at microgrid technologies to replace, upgrade or supplement existing electricity supply arrangements in off-grid and fringe-of grid communities located in regional and remote areas.
The objective of the program is to support regional and remote communities to investigate whether replacing, upgrading or supplementing a microgrid or upgrading existing off-grid and fringe-of-grid supply with microgrid or related new energy technologies would be cost effective.
The intended outcomes of the program are:
- viable projects attract funding to support scale-up / implementation of microgrid systems in regional and remote communities
- increased human capital (skills/knowledge) in the design and deployment of microgrids
- demonstrated commerciality and/or reliability and security benefits of deploying and upgrading
- reduced barriers to microgrid uptake in remote and regional communities
- increased dissemination of technology and/or project knowledge regarding the deployment and upgrading of microgrids.
The Australian Government has announced a total of $50.4 million over 5 years for the program.
It is expected that up to $20 million will be available for this grant opportunity. There will funding available for future grant opportunities as part of this program.
- The minimum grant amount is $100,000.
- The maximum grant amount is $10 million.
To be eligible your project must:
- undertake a study determining the feasibility of a microgrid in one or more regional and/or remote community and prepare a report on the outcomes, including information for publication
- have at least $100,000 in eligible expenditure.
Eligible activities may include:
- scoping and monitoring analyses, including modelling and load profiling and improved data quality
- consultation and planning, including community engagement and awareness
- testing of alternate commercial models for energy supply through microgrid systems
- design and temporary deployment of microgrid technologies, including hybrid systems to demonstrate effectiveness and interoperability
- non-ongoing/temporary activities to monitor the performance of the supply, reliability and quality of microgrid systems and technologies
- knowledge sharing activities including demonstration and workshops.
To be eligible you must:
- be an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation, where your trading activities
- form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
- are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.
Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.
Applications close 21 November 2019.