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Renewable Energy Fund - King and Flinders Island

Round 2 of the Renewable Energy fund (REF) for King and Flinders Islands (2012-2013) is has now closed.

The application period for this fund has now closed. The Assessment Panel will meet in early May to consider proposals and will then make recommendations to the Minister for Energy. An announcement will be made following that process.

Please contact the Manager, Major Initiatives, Fiona Abercrombie Howroyd, Office of Energy, Planning Conservation, on (03) 6233 0827 or email ref@dier.tas.gov.au with any queries.

 

Objectives

The objectives of Round 2 are to:

  1. Deliver renewable energy innovations which benefit, directly and indirectly, end users of energy on the Bass Strait Islands (BSI)
  2. Encourage renewable energy innovations which potentially have a wider application in other parts of Tasmania, nationally or internationally
  3. Reduce stationary or transport energy costs for residents or businesses on the BSI
  4. Reduce the reliance on diesel fuel and the extent of greenhouse gas emissions on the BSI
  5. Reduce the need for, and cost of, State-provided subsidies for energy on the BSI and to
  6. Complement relevant state, federal and local government policies, project or programs.

 

Program Guidelines

  

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Round 2 different from Round 1?

Yes.  Round 2 has a total of $400,000 available for proposals whereas Round 1 had a maximum of $100,000 available per proposal. Following assessment of Round 1, the objectives have been modified to encourage larger proposals under Round 2.

Round 2 has an extended application period of 6 months, which ends at 2:00pm on Friday 15th April 2013. Additionally, Expressions of Interest are welcomed at any time before the closing date.

As with Round 1, the final decision regarding allocations of funding will be made by the Minister for Energy and Resources, based on recommendations from the Assessment Panel.

Why is there a longer period of time for applications and more funding available in Round 2?

The purpose is to encourage proposals for larger renewable energy projects than under Round 1. Round 2 may see applications from consortia or individuals.

Proposals may be more complex or detailed that Round 1.  Proponents may need more time to complete proposals so that they have a better chance of meeting the Criteria for assessment.

Who will choose the successful applications?

An assessment Panel will consider all applications received by the due date, which is 2:00pm on Friday 15th April 2013.  The Panel will be comprised of senior Government officials, including one from the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER), who will act as the Chair, and the other experts familiar with energy matters on the Bass Strait Islands.

As per Round 1, an independent probity adviser has been appointed to oversee Round 2.

Will an application for funding be treated as confidential?

All applications will be treated in confidence except with the written permission of the proponent. Any general advice which may be relevant to other proponents or potential proponents will be made available on this website.

Will late applications be considered?

No, applications received after the closing date of 2:00pm on Friday 15th April 2013 will not be considered.

How do you justify spending money on these projects at a time when the budget is stretched?

One of the objectives of this is to reduce the long run costs associated with State subsidisation of electricity generation on King and Flinders Islands.  The Government reimburses Hydro Tasmania every year between $6 million to $8 million for costs associated with generating electricity on the islands.  This cost varies with the price of diesel oil, and as costs rise, so does the cost to the taxpayer.

This fund should help find ways to reduce demand on electricity, and thereby reduce the subsidy, and at the same time reduce the costs directly to consumers on the islands.

Was funding in Round 1 split evenly between King and Flinders Islands?

No. The fund is a contestable fund, and the allocation of funding was therefor based on the merit of applications.

Who was allocated funding on Round 1?

Description Amount Status
Furneaux Historical Research Association Install 6 kW Photovoltaic (PV) system at museum premises on Flinders Island (FI), and promote renewable energy to residents and visitors. Grid connected. $6,923
Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Incorporate (FIAAI) Two 7.4kW PV systems plus energy audits and monitoring systems FIAAI bakery and community centre.  Grid connected. $100,000
Phillip Jacobsen 20 kW PV system at King Island IGA Supermarket, Currie. Unlikely to export to grid. $32,802
MJB (Tas) Pty Ltd (as Flinders Islands Car Rentals) Replace shuttle vehicle to FI airport with an electric vehicle and a 5kW PV system (grid connected) to power it. $64,943
Flinders Island Council Six 2.78 kW solar tracking PV panels at FI airport. Grid connected. $60,000
John Hiscock 20kW PV system at Kelp Industries building near Currie. Grid connected. $33,828
Trousers Point Pty Ltd 4x 7.26 kW PV arrays plus connection to new units at Mountain Seas tourist accommodation complex. Grid connected. $65,000
TOTAL
$363,496

Was Round 1 of the Fund evaluated?

Yes.  Officers from DIER visited King and Flinders Islands to look at all the projects that were funded in Round 1. All projects have met their milestones.

Why roll out this as a grants program rather than a tender for a good project, or even direct spending on a good initiative? Is the Government out of ideas on renewable energy?

The reason the Government is rolling out the fund on a contestable basis is because we do not assume we have all the answers on renewable energy which is a rapidly developing industry. In the context of King and Flinders Islands, is it sensible and appropriate to allow the community to develop renewable energy solutions best suited to those communities.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

Proponents may seek clarification on the objectives and guidelines or on proposals from the contact person, the Manager, Major Initiatives, Fiona Abercrombie Howroyd, Office of Energy, Planning Conservation, on (03) 6233 0827 or email ref@dier.tas.gov.au