At Cowra in central west New South Wales, years of research and negotiation is coming to fruition with plans for a biomass project that could be the first of its kind in Australia.
The project is about a community looking to the resources it has to provide what it needs and it could be a blueprint for other small agricultural-based towns.
The bioenergy group CLEAN Cowra has been in existiance for four years but in 2016/2017 it has gained a lot of traction and a pre-feasibility study is now complete on a potential biomass plant.
A funding application has been made to ARENA and the project has already received more than $100,000 in grant funding from the Cowra Shire Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
At its full capacity the Cowra biomass project would produce an estimated 60 per cent of Cowra’s energy needs.
It would involve construction of a biomass plant and an initial 2 megawatt version is estimated to cost around $8 million.
Biomass trial approved – Cowra Guardian – March 2017
From beetroot tops to toilet waste, a community’s biomass plan to convert its waste to energy - ABC News Feature on CLEAN Cowra – March 2016