Supporting renewable energy industry development activities
The main programme activity has been the provision of competitive grant funding rounds to Australian companies who could demonstrate that their projects would assist the wider development of the Australian renewable energy industry rather than focus on a single enterprise.
Grown from the Industry Development Component of the Renewable Energy Commercialisation Programme, REID had funding of $6 million. Three REID funding rounds were undertaken along with a small number of direct grants.
The REID programme is currently fully committed.
Projects Funded under REID Round 7
Nine major renewable energy projects have been backed with almost $1 million in Australian Government funding, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp and Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources Ian Macfarlane announced on 25 March 2003.
Australian Wind Energy Association and Environment Victoria - $200,000 to create a series of protocols for the assessment of wind turbine impacts on birds and bats and develop and disseminate a range of educational material on Australian wind farms.
Australian Pork Ltd - $150,000 to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of converting pig wastes to electricity. The study results will be promoted to association members, electricity utilities and the financial sector.
National Association of Forest Industries - $150,000 to review the global use of wood waste as a source of renewable energy, identify the capacity of the Australian forest and timber industry to participate in the renewable energy industry and develop information and educational packages to raise awareness and address concerns of consumers, manufacturers, and the finance sector.
Electricity Supply Association of Australia - $73,000 to boost Australian representation in the International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaic (solar) Power Systems Programme over three years. Funding will allow the consortium the certainty and resources to commit to involvement in new projects being developed within IEA.
Standards Australia International - $50,000 grant for Standards Australia to work with the European Standards Organization to ensure the continued acceptance of Australian quality standards for Solar Hot Water Heaters exported to Europe.
Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society - $86,300 grant to develop a marketing strategy which will include coordinating information tours of leading Australian renewable energy facilities. The project will also create a website with virtual tours of these facilities which can be accessed by potential markets around the globe. In addition, the project will also provide information on rebates, energy service options and links to manufacturers - now completed.
ACT Utilities and Light Manufacturing Industry Training Board - $25,000 grant to undertake a national scoping exercise to stocktake existing renewable energy support networks and materials. This will identify funding agencies, suppliers of training and education equipment, support materials and software development agencies. Also it will identify bodies willing to offer scholarships and awards as well as energy suppliers and retailers who are offering incentives for renewable energy installations.
Global Sustainable Energy Solutions - $99,700 to showcase Australian renewable energy products and services to international markets. This project will focus on meeting the needs of small to medium sized renewable energy firms.
Solarch - $80,000 to produce best practice guidelines for the implementation of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (solar panels). The guidelines will outline displacement cost savings compared with conventional materials. Stakeholder consultation will be used to determine the structure of the Guidelines. The guidelines will also cover safety and standards planning as well as contractual and compliance issues.