Million Dollar Boost to Aussie RE Industry

Nine major Renewable Energy projects have been backed with almost AUD$1 million (US$598,000) in Commonwealth funding.

Canberra, Australia – March 27, 2003 [] These projects – ranging from assessing impacts of wind turbines on wildlife to converting pig waste to electricity – will receive a share of this funding under Round 7 of the Government’s AUD$6 million (US$3.6 million) Renewable Energy Industry Development program. The Renewable Energy Industry Development (REID) program – a component of the Renewable Energy Commercialization program – is funded with AUD$6 million (US$3.6 million) over four years, aimed at building Australia’s capacity in developing Renewable Energy and maximizing renewable technology already available in Australia. A total of $3.5 million (US$2.09 million) has funded 35 grants to date. Among the projects funded under the latest round are: – AUD$200,000 (US$120,000) for the Australian Wind Energy Association and Environment Victoria to assess wind turbine impacts on birds and bats and distribute educational material on Australian wind farms; – AUD$150,000 (US$90,000) for National Association of Forest Industries to review the global use of wood waste as a source of Renewable Energy; and – AUD$150,000 (US$90,000) for Australian Pork Ltd to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of converting pig wastes to electricity

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