Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier
Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
$10 Million For Low Emissions Technology Development
Victor P Taffa
The State Government is offering up to $10 Million to help develop sustainable, low-emission technologies to reduce Western Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher today urged businesses, universities and government and non-government organisations to apply for the funding.
Mrs. Faragher said the money was part of the State Government’s Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) fund.
“The State Government is focused on supporting technologies that could help WA lead the nation in low emissions bio-energy and renewable energy including solar, wave, tidal and geothermal.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“We are investing in the ingenuity of WA’s brightest minds to provide practical climate change solutions through low emissions technologies, which have the potential to create new jobs and open up important export markets.”
Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier said funding was subject to successful applicants matching every $1 invested by the State Government with $3 from elsewhere.
Mr. Collier said previous LEED funding had included $12.5 Million for the construction of a low-emissions wave energy power station off Garden Island.
“The five-megawatt (MW) power station will use submerged pumping units on the seafloor to collect wave energy in the form of pressurised sea water, which will generate electricity from a hydroelectric turbine onshore.” Mr. Collier said.
“LEED funding of $1.5 Million has also been invested in designing, building and testing an oil mallee harvesting machine. Oil mallees are recognised for their potential to provide a bioenergy source which can be grown in combination with conventional cereal cropping.”
Applications close at 5 pm on March 24.