The NSW Government has opened two new projects to help secure New South Wales’ clean energy future
The NSW Clean Energy Sharing Initiative aims to share stories, break down barriers and directly support clean energy projects.
A project supported under the initiative will employ a low-emissions or zero emissions technology in a way that is novel to NSW. For example, a clean energy project might include deploying an energy storage system to shift load during the day, testing a new electricity trading platform, retail model or financing mechanism, or developing and testing a new bioenergy clean energy source.
The Initiative currently has three streams: development of a case study, funding to support feasibility studies and funding to support pilot projects.
The Clean Energy Knowledge Sharing Initiative is a NSW Department of Planning and Environment program. Applications will be accepted and processed on an ongoing basis, with applications accepted no later than 28 February 2018, or until all funding has been committed.
More information is available from the NSW Planning & Environment’s Resources & Energy website.
The NSW government has also released draft guidelines for large scale solar energy.
The aim of the Large-Scale Solar Energy Guidelines is to provide the community, industry, and regulators with guidance on the planning framework for the assessment and approval of large-scale solar energy development proposals under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).
The Guideline outlines the key assessment issues for State significant solar energy projects, such as land use conflict, biodiversity and visual impacts. It also seeks to encourage genuine and early consultation with the community and stakeholders, consistent with best practice engagement principles.
Submissions close Friday 16 February 2018.
For more information and to download the Draft Guidelines visit the NSW Planning & Environment website.