WA Gov puts up $10m in funds for green energy tech

Third round of funding to encourage the development of sustainable, low-emission technologies

The Western Australian Government has put $10 million in funding up for grabs in a bid to further encourage the development of sustainable, low-emission technologies.

The money is part of the state’s Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) fund which aims to reduce Western Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The funding, however, comes with a catch: Applicants must match every $1 invested by the State Government with $3 from other sources.

WA Environment Minister Donna Faragher said in addition to reducing the state’s carbon footprint, the new technologies had the potential to create new jobs, open up new export markets and contributes to the national target of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

The WA government has previously made two rounds of funding available under the LEED fund.

Previous grants under the scheme include $12.5 million for the construction of a low-emissions wave energy power station off Garden Island.

LEED funding of $1.5 million was also granted for the design, building and testing of an bio-energy oil mallee, or multi-stemmed tree, harvesting machine.

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