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Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP)


****  LATEST UPDATE 22nd JUNE  ****

Issued by
The Federal Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) has closed the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program extension (RRPGP2) sub-programs to new pre-¬purchase applications (except from WA) effective from 8.30am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Monday 22 June 2009 as the funding available has become fully committed.



The Australian Goverment's Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP) provides financial support for the installation of renewable energy generation systems in areas of Tasmania that otherwise rely solely on fossil fuel for electricity supply.

Displacing fossil fuels with renewable generation such as solar, micro-hydro and wind power not only benefits the environment, but can also improve the lifestyle of Tasmanians living in remote parts of the State, giving them greater access to electricity, reducing noise and air pollution and reducing the need to transport fuel over long distances.

The Renewable Remote Power Generation Program is funded by the Australian Government with funding currently available until 30 June 2011.

The program is administered in Tasmania by the Office of Energy Planning and Conservation

Program Objectives

  • to assist in providing an effective electricity supply to remote users;
  • to assist the development of the Australian renewable energy industry;
  • to assist in meeting the energy infrastructure needs of indigenous communities; and
  • to achieve long-term greenhouse gas reductions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Funding is available for renewable energy systems that partly or fully replace diesel generation, or where diesel would otherwise have been used.
  • Facilities that will be served by renewable energy systems must not be connected to the main electricity grid.
  • In general, expenditure on renewable energy generating equipment must be at least 30% of total expenditure on which a rebate is sought.
  • Renewable energy technologies must be appropriate for given applications and must meet relevant standards and regulations.
  • Sufficient resources must be available for the effective implementation of projects.
  • Suitable metering must be incorporated into the installation to allow for the docmentation of generated electricity.
  • Applicants will be required to provide annual reports for 5 years on the performance of the installed system to the Office of Energy

First Step

You need to contact an accredited designer / installer to discuss system requirements before commencing an application.  It is advised to seek more than one quote if possible.

The person who carries out the installation must be accredited for design and installation of photovoltaic systems by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE).

List of BCSE accredited Tasmanian Installers PDF Icon (19.3KB)

There are 2 sub-programs that are accessible under the RRPGP:

1. Residential and Medium-scale projects

2. Renewable Energy Water Pumping


1. Residential and Medium-scale (RM) sub-program

The Residential and Medium-scale (RM) sub-program provides rebates for households, communities, not-for-profit organisations, business, government and other organisations, in areas of Tasmania not connected to the main grid.

An applicant may apply more than once, but all the eligibility requirements must be met for any rebates to apply.

Rebates will be available for both new renewable energy systems and additions of new equipment to existing systems.

Up to 50% of the capital cost of renewable generation and essential enabling equipment are available to applicants that fully comply with the eligibility requirements and procedures outlined in the RM sub-program guidelines.

Rebates up to a maximum of $200,000 are available.

Rebates paid are based on the following criteria:

  • The premises must be at least one kilometre from the main grid.
  • Costs of connection to the grid in excess of $30,000.
  • Other general eligibility criteria must also be met.

How to apply

Guidelines

Application Form

Rebate Form

Please send completed application forms to:

The RRPGP Manager
The Office of Energy
GPO Box 936
HOBART, TAS 7001

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2. Renewable Energy Water Pumping Sub-program

The Renewable Energy Water Pumping sub-program provides rebates for business, government and other incorporated organisations, to support the installation of renewable energy water pumping systems in those areas of Tasmania not close to the main-grid.

Rebates are available for the renewable energy components of water pumps that displace diesel engine powered pumps in off-grid applications.

How to apply

Guidelines

Application Form

Rebate Form

Please send completed application forms to:

The RRPGP Manager
The Office of Energy
GPO Box 936
HOBART, TAS 7001

 

To be eligible for any of the rebates, applicants must have their Pre-purchase Application approved by the administrator before buying and installing new renewable energy systems.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Energy on Freecall 1800 105 688 or by email: remote.power@dier.tas.gov.au

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