$40M is available to provide energy efficiency education and renewable energy systems to remote indigenous communities.
Remote Indigenous Energy Program is an important component of the Government’s plan for a clean energy future and a central element of the Government’s commitment to encourage energy efficiency.
Remote Indigenous Energy Program supports the Government’s key priority of Closing the Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by building on investments in services in remote Indigenous housing and increasing opportunities for economic participation and employment.
Remote Indigenous Energy Program will deliver capital works, repairs and maintenance and implement strategies for supporting local capacity building via training, education and employment.
Remote Indigenous Energy Program will primarily provide reliable 24-hour power in up to 50 smaller remote Indigenous communities across Australia through the installation of fit-for-purpose renewable energy systems. RIEP will also provide energy efficiency education and training in basic system maintenance to community members and repairs and maintenance to existing systems.
All services delivered under Remote Indigenous Energy Program will provide the opportunity for the employment of Indigenous Australians.
Remote Indigenous Energy Program will provide fit-for-purpose renewable energy systems in up to 50 smaller remote Indigenous communities, energy efficiency education, training in basic system maintenance and repairs and maintenance to selected existing systems.
As part of the Clean Energy Future package, the Australian Government has maintained its commitment to remote renewable energy through the $40m four-year Remote Indigenous Energy Program (RIEP), which will be administered by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Communities selected to receive services through the Remote Indigenous Energy Program will be smaller remote Indigenous communities that:
- are dependent on diesel generators for power (off-grid);
- have an ongoing permanent population;
- have a demonstrated social or economic need for reliable power such as employment or education; and
- have a capacity to assist in basic maintenance.
The following entity types are eligible to apply for funding under the Remote Indigenous Energy Program:
- Incorporated Associations (incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc.’ in their legal name);
- Incorporated Cooperatives (also incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have ‘Cooperative’ in their legal name);
- Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – may be not-for-profit or for-profit proprietary company