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Advancing Renewables Programme – Large-scale Solar Photovoltaics
Program ID: 15338
This programme aims to support further cost reduction in large-scale solar photovoltaics (PV). It is part of the Advancing Renewables Programme.

The key objectives of the programme are to:
- Further reduce the cost of large-scale solar PV and provide a clear path for the technology to become competitive with other commercially viable forms of power generation in Australia (including wind power).
- Provide transparency and price discovery in relation to current and projected costs of large-scale solar PV through the sharing of forecast and actual costs of both successful and unsuccessful projects on an anonymous basis.
- Demonstrate the ability to deliver a large-scale solar PV project at a cost below the competitive round levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) benchmark of $135/MWh.

Grants between $100,000 and $50 million are available.

The total funding pool is $100 million.

The 2015-16 key dates are:
- Expression of interest registration cut-off date: 13 October 2015, 5pm
- Expression of interest due date: 2 November 2015, 5pm
- Full application invitation: 16 December 2015
- Full application due date: 15 June 2016, 5pm
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants must:
- Be incorporated under the Corporations Act (Cth).
- Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) at the time of applying.

Unincorporated entities such as universities and not-for-profits can also partner with an incorporated entity to help deliver a pilot, demonstration or pre-commercial deployment activity, where this activity is led by the incorporated entity.

Please review the Guidelines for complete information on eligibility requirements.
Eligible Activities
Eligible projects must fit within the following parameters:
- Generate all their electricity from solar PV.
- Meet or exceed the minimum project size of 5 MW (AC).
- Be connected to the NEM or SWIS.
- Not involve behind the meter elements.
- Total grant funding requested must not exceed $30 million.

Each project location (defined as a specific parcel or multiple parcels of land) can only support a single proposal. For example, ARENA will not accept separate proposals for two projects of different size or configuration in the same location but would accept a proposal that includes a cluster of smaller solar PV facilities with a single or even multiple points of grid connection.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include:
- Contribution to the programme outcomes
- Applicant capability and capacity
- Activity design, methodology, risk and compliance
- Financial viability and co-funding commitment
- Knowledge sharing

Please review the Guidelines for the complete information of these criteria.
Applies to
GuidelinesJune 2017
Funding AnnouncementJune 2017
Funding Agreement Template – Explanatory MemorandumJune 2017
Funding Agreement TemplateJune 2017
LCOE CalculatorJune 2017
FAQsJune 2017
FAQs - Full ApplicationJune 2017
Large Scale Solar Pro-forma Bid BondsJune 2017
Large-scale solar knowledge sharing - How project data is collected and sharedJune 2017
Data SpecificationJune 2017
Compliance Table TemplateJune 2017
Media ReleaseJune 2017
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Pending
Closing Date 2 November 2015
Closing Information
The next funding round is yet to be announced.
Funding Type Grant
Minimum Funding $100,000
Maximum Funding $50.0M
Total Funding Pool $100.0M
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location National
Energy and Renewables
Environment and Sustainability
Innovation and R&D
Difficulty Rating
Program Administrator
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Telephone 02 6243 7054
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