Heritage Near Me funded projects: Green Energy grants

The Heritage Near Me Green Energy grants program supported energy efficiency projects for heritage items listed on a local council’s Local Environment Plan or the State Heritage Register. This program recognised that energy efficiency can be more difficult to achieve for heritage items because of a building’s age, materials, type of construction, size, shape and site orientation.

The following projects were approved by the NSW Government through the Heritage Near Me incentives program from 2017-2019.

Note: The 4-year Heritage Near Me program ended in June 2019. There are no longer any grants available under this program. Check the list of other grant funding opportunities.

Green Energy grants 2018-19

Project title


Project purpose

Approved funding in 2018-19 round

2018 Energy Efficiency - Calrossy House

Calrossy Anglican School

Increase energy efficiency of the Calrossy House building through lighting and HVAC upgrades.


Air Conditioning Upgrade at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Maitland City Council

Increase capacity and efficiency of the air conditioning system at the Gallery, including to install a new cooling tower and water chiller to supplement the existing air conditioning plant.


Audley Dance Hall Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The Trustee for Parks Food Unit Trust T/A Audley Dance Hall

A number of initiatives to improve efficiencies and mitigate environmental impacts, including: new coolroom and freezer space to replace older inefficient coolroom; fridge, freezer and ice-making equipment; lighting upgrade to LED; improved electricity metering for better visibility and overall management of electricity consumption and demand; and solar PV (partially funded by grant)


Balcombe Heights Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The Hills Shire Council

Replace existing metal halide and fluorescent lighting with LED alternatives. ‍To replace existing bar and oil heaters with reverse cycle split-system air conditioners.


BMS Upgrade

The Trustees of the Sydney Grammar School Scholarship and Prizes Fund

An upgrade to improve energy efficiency of HVAC System, and reduce electricity consumption and cost, as well as CO2 emissions. Multiple optimisation opportunities of HVAC Controls/BMS were revealed during interrogation of BMS (computerised HVAC Control system).


Carrawobitty Homestead - keeping a heritage icon viable and sustainable

K & M Wren

Implement creative and simple cost-effective remedies for saving energy in a challenging heritage building; including upgrade lighting throughout to LED, install a solar hot water system, install a slow combustion heater and also address draft and insultation issues.


Casula Powerhouse Solar Project

Liverpool City Council

Install a 100kW solar power system on the roof of the Casula Powerhouse and consolidation of 11 electrical meters.


Conserving Cordatos

Carrathool Shire Council

Install energy efficient lighting, building insulation and a PV solar panel system in the Cordato Building in High Street, Hillston.


Creating A Sustainable Energy Future for The Commercial Hotel

DJ & CR & DJ Barnes

Implement energy efficiency upgrades to a local heritage listed building to enhance the current adaptive reuse of the building as a quirky heritage business hub/cafe/museum/gallery space, 'meet the maker' space, accommodation space and community space.


Energy Efficiency Project Cathedral Sts Michael & John, Bathurst

Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Bathurst

Upgrade existing lighting (double fluorescent battens) to LED lighting as the original & current installation, while revolutionary at the time, is less efficient than modern lighting.


Gas cogeneration to replace coal-fired heating

The Armidale School

Replace one coal unit with a 150kVA gas-fired cogeneration engine which will save a net 668 tonnes of CO2 emissions and in excess of $40,000 in costs annually.


Griffith’s State Bank and State Bank House – Heritage Banking on Energy Efficiency Innovation

Griffith City Council

Initiate and introduce contemporary energy efficiency initiatives into the daily operations of two prominent and significant Griffith main street Heritage Conservation Area buildings – State Bank and State Bank House. Install in an innovative and sensitive manner lighting, solar photovoltaics, HVAC and lighting upgrades.


Improving the Energy Efficiency of Newtown School of Arts

The Trustee for Newtown School of Arts

Upgrading and improving the energy efficiency of the ground floor level with a focus on insulation and window repair/replacement; installation of LED lighting and solar panels; HVAC upgrade.


Insulation, heating and cooling - Ariah Park Hotel

AP Providores Pty Ltd

Provide energy efficient heating and cooling to the accommodation areas at the Ariah Park Hotel. Providing a contained, insulated and temperature regulated environment will drastically enhance the experience of guests staying in the building, provide a more energy efficient building, and improve the structure and appearance of the building without altering the overall original appearance.


Lismore City Regional Library Energy Efficiency upgrades

Lismore City Council

Upgrading lights to LEDs and apply a window insulation to improve HVAC performance and help achieve Council’s renewable energy goal.


Mittagong Library Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Improve the energy efficiency of the building through: building envelope (insulation) inclusion; ‍HVAC upgrade; and, internal lighting upgrade to LED.


Narrandera CRC Plaza Theatre Energy Improvement Program

Narrandera Christian Revival Crusade Inc

Improve energy efficiency for the Plaza Theatre by reducing energy loss through harvesting and storing surplus energy during low use daylight hours for later use during peak times and for night activities.


Petersham Town Hall Energy Efficiency and Solar Upgrade

Inner West Council

Upgrade various luminaires to LED equivalents, including retrofitting heritage luminaires‍, install various light sensors, light timers and a lighting control system‍, and install a 15kw solar PV system, including web monitoring.


Save with Reglaze - Replacement of windows in the former Boarding House - Inverell Convent

The Trustee for Victoria House Unit Trust

Replace the existing windows of the Sisters of Mercy Boarding House with high performance double glazed timber windows.


St. David's Conservation Area Green Energy Project

St. David's Uniting Church Albury

Install Solar P.V. technology, thermal ceiling insulation and an energy efficient HVAC system.


The Albury Club Green Energy Improvement Plan

The Albury Club Ltd

Upgrade an old and inefficient HVAC system to a more efficient system, with supplementary solar PV system.


The Loftus Unit Trust

The Loftus Unit Trust

Upgrade lighting, replace old heating systems, install insulation in the ceiling and shade northern windows.


The Queanbeyan Hive Cultural Hub project

The Trustee for Tripple F Trust

Retrofit a 110-year-old cottage with heritage sympathetic thermoregulation, much as a real beehive operates.


Varuna Green Energy Community Project

The Eleanor Dark Foundation

Upgrade lighting and boiler systems and replace the Varuna House building's insulation.


Green Energy grants 2017-18

Project title


Project purpose

Approved funding in 2017-18 round

Air-conditioning upgrade Great Southern Hotel

Great Southern Hotel

Replace the existing R-22 based variable refrigerant volume (VRV) system with a more environmentally friendly centralised chilled and hot water cooling and heating system.


Energy Efficiency Upgrade for the Grace Hotel Building

Linkbond Asia Ltd

Adjust HVAC controls and sequences and find tune BMS controls, processes and sequences; Install wireless locks with occupancy sensor and energy management capabilities for 80 out of 382 guest rooms, Retrofit existing lighting system in the car park and fire stairs with LED light fittings.


Energy Efficiency upgrade of Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) System (National Trust Centre)

The National Trust of Australia (NSW)

Upgrade of BMS (HVAC Control System) to improve operations and energy efficiency of HVAC system for Ervin Gallery (24/7 maintenance of space temperature and relative humidity suitable for paintings displayed in the gallery), Install new HVAC System for the art store room where paintings are stored, Extend the existing BMS for the gallery, to accommodate the art store room as well.


Energy Efficiency Upgrade (Royal Automobile Club building)

Royal Automobile Club of Australia

Upgrade lighting upgrade and occupancy detectors for infrequently used areas, Install a Power Factor Correction unit to reduce the demand charges for the club, Upgrade Hot Water Generators, Install Variable Speed Drives for Air Handling Units and Upgrade existing Building Management System.


Lighting Upgrade (Civic Railway Workshops Group)

Newcastle City Council

Repair and upgrade of existing standard lighting to more energy efficient LED for energy and maintenance savings.


Upgrade air conditioning systems throughout the T & G Mutual Life Assurance Building

Cedtoy Pty Limited

Upgrade and replace ageing air conditioning systems with energy efficient systems to all levels of the T&G Building. The new system will be controlled through a basic Building Management System (BMS).