Current Overall Funding Parameters

Round 1 Funding


Round 1 of the ASI solar grants funding program has been completed with the ASI Board making decisions on which projects will be made offers of funding at its meeting on 10th to 11th  December 2009.   The response to this Round has been outstanding and there were a 87 proposals which resulted in this round being highly competitive. A number of excellent projects have been supported, however ASI recognises that many projects have not been successful and some proponents will be disappointed.
The funding parameters under which the ASI made its Round 1 decisions were:

Outcomes of Round 1. 
The ASI received 87 applications for funding, with requests totalling $177m to support aggregate proposed project values of $470m.   Two thirds of projects were in the photovoltaics (PV) area and one third were in concentrating solar thermal (CST).  A small number of proposals outside the two core areas were also received in the areas of solar resource mapping, integration, data and knowledge building across the solar sector

Projects approved for funding

Five projects for a total ASI funding of $11.1m with total project values of $30.9m, have been supported.  ASI will be entering immediate due diligence and negotiations with this group to sign contracts.  A strict deadline on contract completion will be imposed so that this funding can be made available to future funding calls should negotiations prove unsuccessful.  

The five projects can be categorised as:


The 5 projects are:

The ASI Board has authorised further discussions in respect of several other promising projects arising from the first round of applications.  Further announcements will be made pending the outcome of commercial-in-confidence discussions with the relevant applicants and their collaborative partners.

The ASI is committed to assisting the Australian solar research and commercial community to learn from and build on the outcomes of this funding round and will be offering feedback to all applicants to assist them in preparing for future merit based funding rounds.  The ASI aims to  encourage excellence, collaboration and commercial potential and to maximise investments from industry and other project partners.  The ASI Board have ensured funding is available for future rounds.

Any questions can be directed to or by phoning the ASI on 02 4960 6300 .



Download Guidelines and Application Forms

Introductory information for a new project PDF 20kb

Introductory information for a new project Word 223kb

Format for proposals PDF 52kb

Format for proposals Word 234kb

Proposal Guide PDF 312kb

Proposal Guide Word 356kb


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