Victorian Government supports Ballarat waste to energy project

A Ballarat community energy group has received $71,000 from the Victorian Government to determine whether waste wood and sawdust can be used to make briquettes for commercial and industrial use.

The Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) project is valued at $143,480 and will deliver a business case to determine the viability of diverting waste wood and sawdust from landfill to make briquettes.

BREAZE will look at the manufacture, distribution and transport of briquettes, with the aim of demonstrating how existing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems can be converted to run on briquettes.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the funding today as part of the second round of the Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) grants.

The NEJF allows for grants of between $20,000 and $1 million to support new energy technology projects that support the uptake of renewable energy, reduce emissions, and assist community groups to develop their own projects.

Over 50 applications were received in round two of the New Energy Jobs Fund, resulting in 21 successful projects receiving a total of $6.7 million in grants.

More information on the NEJF at:

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