Recent increases in energy costs have eroded the profitability and international competitiveness of NSW agricultural producers, particularly those in the intensive agriculture subsectors of the state.
NSW DPI recognises the impact these changes have had on industry and would like to help those sectors most exposed and sensitive to increased energy input costs in NSW, to explore novel approaches to improving on-farm energy optimisation.
NSW DPI through its Energy Efficiency Solutions Project has significant funds ($2.25M) available for both commercial feasibility assessment (up to $50K exclusive GST each) and piloting (up to $350K exclusive GST each) of novel ideas to improve this situation.
On the 13th September the Hon Minister Adam Marshall announced an initial Request for Proposals (RFP) as the first step in this process, with successful proposals to be considered for a funded commercial feasibility assessment. Under the RFP, NSW DPI is seeking ideas for energy optimisation projects (Concepts) on farms in one or more of the following NSW sub-sectors:
Concepts considered include projects that:
The competitive process will be staged as follows:
Applicants are asked to download and carefully read the three key documents:
In brief the A2EP study:
The scoping study also outlined various ideas for optimising energy management in the targeted NSW Sub-Sectors. Proponents may use or leverage upon these ideas in their Concepts. It is strongly recommended that prior to submitting a Proposal, Proponents can review the scoping study report (PDF, 2.14 MB).
Institute for Sustainable Futures
Level 11, UTS Building 10
235 Jones Street, Ultimo
All requests for information about this RFP process must be sent to the following Contact Person in writing:
NSW DPI will post an answer on this webpage as soon as possible afterwards.