Energy Efficient Communities ProgramOverview
This program aims to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills. This measure will deliver up to 3 million tonnes of abatement to 2030.
There are two streams of funding available:
1. Community organisations stream
- Grants of up to $12,500 are available. No co-contribution is required.
- Applications are expected to open on 1 September 2019.
2. Business stream
- Grants available are:
a) Small businesses: Up to $20,000. No co-contribution is required.
b) Businesses that consume large amounts of energy each year: Up to $25,000. Applicants are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar co-contribution.
- Applications are expected to open in January 2020.
A total funding pool of $50 million is available.
Eligible applicants include:
- Small businesses
- Businesses that consume large amounts (over 0.05 petajoules) of energy each year
- Community organisations, including:
a) Men's sheds
b) Community owned kindergartens
c) Welfare centres
d) Community centres
e) Women's associations
f) Country fire authorities
g) Community owned childcare centres
h) Community football and netball clubs
i ) Scout or guide groups
j) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups
k) Surf lifesaving clubs
Eligible activities include:
- Equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption – energy generation and storage projects (for example solar photovoltaic panels, batteries and solar hot water) will only be permitted for community organisations
- Investment in energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use.
- Completion of energy systems assessments according to the Australian Standard or feasibility studies to investigate energy efficiency opportunities.