New Grants

Victorian Government funding of up to $30 million is on offer to sustainable energy pilot demonstration projects or research and development proposals, in a bid to support renewable energy technologies and the development of cleaner energy in Victoria.

The announcement on  31 August 2010 by Victorian Premier John Brumby also included the establishment of a new Office of Solar Energy, which will bring the extensive work being done on solar energy in Victoria under one umbrella.

Funding of up to $5 million per project will be available for projects in sustainable energy technologies in areas such as solar, wave, geothermal and bio-energy.

Grant applications are open until 30 September 2010.

Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government had committed to cut emissions by at least 20 per cent by 2020 and increase the amount of electricity supply from renewable energy.

“This initiative is about partnering with industry to develop the technologies needed for the future to deliver clean energy for Victorian households. The results delivered from these grants will help us produce and operate the technologies we need to make renewable energy sources commercially viable,” he said.

Mr Brumby also said the new Office of Solar Energy will become the first point of contact for industry, investors and small businesses looking for information about Victoria’s solar potential and work already underway.

“The Office is another important step in positioning Victoria as a global player in solar development. It will be particularly important for assisting potential investors to access information about our comprehensive range of support programs for solar energy.”

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Peter Batchelor said the new office would run through the Department of Primary Industries, providing a first point of contact for solar programs being run by various government agencies.

“International interest in Government-supported programs, intense competition for the $100 million Victorian Large Scale Solar Program tender and companies investigating opportunities in regional Victoria, demonstrates huge interest in our solar potential,” Mr Batchelor said.

“Work underway in Victoria includes mapping of the best locations for solar plants and grant programs to encourage solar energy development. We need to champion these efforts under one banner and that will be the Office of Solar Energy.”

For further information or to apply for a sustainable energy grant, visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/etis. For more information on Victoria’s solar energy programs and resource visit the Office of Solar Energy Victoria website at www.dpi.vic.gov.au/solar.

Find out how Treadstone can help you with your Government Grant application call us  on (03) 9016 3575.

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