The funding will unlock almost 17.2 MW in electricity generation and up to 17.9 MW / 39.3 MWh of energy storage.
A range energy projects will be funded including:
- a community-owned dispatchable solar and battery system in Goulburn
- installation of a 1 MW solar garden at Grong Grong, giving low-income households and renters access to renewable energy
- installation of a 5 MW solar power and 10 MW battery energy storage system at Ewingsdale
- NSW’s first hydrogen energy storage system alongside a solar-battery system to store renewable energy, at Manilla.
The project funding is part of the NSW Government’s Regional Community Energy Fund which improves energy affordability and innovation.
Energy Minister Matt Kean said the projects will help make electricity more affordable and reliable for regional communities.
“These grants will help regional communities right across NSW take control of their energy bills and benefit from the economic opportunities presented by changes in our energy system,” Mr Kean said.
The Regional Community Energy Fund is funded under the NSW Climate Change Fund, to support community energy across the state.