The Solar Energy eXchange Initiative known as The SEXI Proposal
The proposed SEXI Group of Councils is a voluntary alliance of up to 31 Councils (and the Unincorporated Area) across inland NSW. Covering two thirds of NSW, they are coloured green on the map below.
ARENA is the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. It is an independent Federal Government body, charged with improving the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increasing the supply of renewable energy in Australia.
The SEXI Proposal calls on ARENA to supply up to $200M in Federal Government funding to the SEXI Group.
The SEXI Group aims to construct six projects.
One project is to install $1M of PV panels in each Council area; with the panels to be owned by the Council concerned.
The five other projects are to install 5 concentrating solar power plants – each costing $20M to $40M – sized at 3 to 6 MW – and capable of supplying most of the electricity for a typical country town. Each of the five projects would be a different solar technology.
They would be demonstration plants for a future solar energy industry in western NSW, that would supply electricity to Sydney and Melbourne.