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Circular Solar Grants - Phase 2

Grant Closes: 4th of November 2021 Value: $100,000 to $3.5 Million Run By: Environment Protection Authority Further Information: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/infrastructure-fund/circular-solar-trials

To prepare for the emerging waste stream created by solar panels, the Circular solar grant program supports collaborative ‘whole-of-supply chain’ projects that trial managing end-of-life solar panels and/or battery systems within a circular economy framework.

A total of $7 million is available in Phase 2 of the Circular Solar grants program for eligible projects. Funding is available as a single stream. Project proposals can only be submitted under one of the three categories with the following funding request caps:

  1. New infrastructure and expansions - up to $3.5 million
  2. Research and development for reuse, second hand or refurbished items, and market development for recovered materials - $100,000 to $1 million
  3. Collection and recovery logistics - $500,000 to $1 million

Priorities under this program are to:

  • reduce solar panel and associated battery waste entering landfill in NSW
  • promote circular economy models for managing waste at end-of-life
  • increase the capability and capacity of industry to recover and reprocess end-of-life solar panels and associated large energy storage system batteries.
  • improve the recyclability/reusability/refurbish potential by using high-value recovery and/or processing technologies
  • develop secondary markets for resources recovered from solar panels and batteries
  • update standards for reuse of solar panel and battery systems that are still functioning efficiently after being decommissioned
  • grow cost-effective recovery logistic models
  • partnerships that deliver end-to-end solutions across the whole supply chain
  • create immediate and ongoing job creation and economic activity
Last Updated: 25th of September 2021
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