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Energy Assessment Grants

DAIRY farmers wanting to save thousands of dollars in a tight season are encouraged to access energy assessment grants available in Victoria, NSW and South Australia, and for all States through the federal Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

With dairy farms being power intensive businesses, the energy assessment grants are seen as a great way for farmers to cut their utility bills.

Sustainability Victoria’s Boosting Productivity grant application process has been simplified to help the assessment journey flow more smoothly, with a new two-page registration form all that’s needed to kick-start the process.

A $2000 or $6000 grant (covering 50% of the cost of an energy assessment) is available to help businesses carry out an energy assessment, and identify and put in place energy improvements, plus a $3000 implementation bonus.

Grants are available to businesses with less than 200 full time employees, spending over $20,000 a year on energy bills.

More details can be found at http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/energy-assessment-grants via the application page.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Energy efficiency for your business program can connect you to an energy specialist to identify energy savings opportunities, and access funding for your project, including the Energy Savings Scheme.

More details can be found at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/business/efficient-agribusiness-irrigation.htm

South Australia’s Energy Productivity Program is available to businesses that use more than 160MWh of electricity each year. The program has two components:

Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program – grants of 75 per cent of the cost of a Level 2 energy audit, up to $15,000, to businesses to engage an external energy auditor; and,

Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program – grants to implement the recommendations of the audits conducted through the Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program.

More detail can be found at http://dpc.sa.gov.au/what-we-do/services-for-business-and-the-community/energy-efficiency/south-australian-energy-productivity-program

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) offers low-cost finance for energy efficient equipment, renewable energy and low emissions projects on farms. For more information, contact Dave Johnson on 02 6272 2373, or dave.johnson@agriculture.gov.au

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