Advancing Renewables Programme – Large-scale Solar Photovoltaics
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 refer to the Guidelines for complete information on eligibility requirements.
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 refer to the Guidelines for the complete information of these criteria.
|Funding Announcement||September 2017||Download
|Funding Agreement Template – Explanatory Memorandum||September 2017||Download
|Funding Agreement Template||September 2017||Download
|LCOE Calculator||September 2017||Download
|FAQs - Full Application||September 2017||Download
|Large Scale Solar Pro-forma Bid Bonds||September 2017||Download
|Large-scale solar knowledge sharing - How project data is collected and shared||September 2017||Download
|Data Specification||September 2017||Download
|Compliance Table Template||September 2017||Download
|Media Release||September 2017||Download
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2 November 2015
The next funding round is yet to be announced.
|Total Funding Pool
Energy and Renewables
Environment and Sustainability
Innovation and R&D
Department of Environment and Energy
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)