Up to $30M is available from Agriculture Energy Investment Plan to help farmers manage energy costs through improved efficiency and new technology.
Agriculture Energy Investment Plan
The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) supports on-farm businesses to improve energy efficiency, manage energy costs, improve energy reliability and support own-generation capacity.
Energy is a significant cost for farmers. The Victorian Government is working to reduce the impact of higher energy costs on farm businesses through the $30 million Agricultural Energy Investment Plan.
The plan supports agricultural businesses to reduce energy costs, improve energy efficiency and explore alternative energy options, helping to sustain Victoria’s adaptable and internationally competitive agriculture sector.
The plan comprises:
- Assessments – providing on-farm energy assessments to assist farmers in identifying where they may reduce energy consumption
- Grants – to support farmers invest in energy efficient or own-generation technology within existing energy policy
- Demonstrations – showing energy efficient or own-generation technology on-farm
- Skills and education – linking farmers and businesses to information and education resources
- Research – facilitating partnerships to commercialise research for the farming sector.
The plan is a partnership between primary producers, agricultural groups, educational groups and government. It is funded by the government’s Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund which supports projects that improve farm productivity, boost market access, grow exports and increase jobs.
The objective of the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) is to ensure the sustainability of Victoria’s internationally competitive agriculture sector by:
- increasing the number of farmers with access to information, through on-farm energy assessments, to make
informed decisions about making energy efficiency improvements;
- increasing the number of Victorian agriculture businesses replacing inefficient equipment;
- increasing the number of Victorian agriculture businesses that have improved their energy productivity;
- improving the capability of Victorian agriculture businesses to accelerate growth and adoption of new energy
The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) provides:
- $5 million for energy efficiency assessments on farm
- $20 million in grants to support farmers invest in energy efficiency and generation technology
- $1.5 million to demonstrate energy efficiency and generation measures on farm
- $2.5 million to link farmers and businesses to information, education resources and apps
- $1 million in research to commercialise research for the farming sector.
The AEIP helps Victorian farm business address energy costs and improve energy productivity through improved awareness and the availability of Type 1 and Type 2 On-Farm Energy Assessments.
The AEIP will also support eligible projects through grant funding to replace energy inefficient equipment, install new energy efficiency systems and enable own-generation capacity.
The Program is open to eligible farm businesses in Victoria. Where a project involves more than one Applicant, the lead farm should submit the application.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for energy assessment under the program:
- be a business with an Australian Business Number (ABN);
- have an eligible business site located in Victoria;
- be a farm business which is either:
- cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts (including seeds, spores, bulbs and similar things) in any physical environment, or
- maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce (including natural increase), or
- manufacturing dairy produce from raw material that they produce, or
- operating on-land aquaculture facilities;
- expend more than $8,000 per annum (including GST) on energy at business site location to be assessed inclusive of electricity, gas, LPG and diesel (but excludes energy for transport);
- be a legal entity;
- meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards; and
- agree to participate in future program evaluation activity.
The Department will undertake a Probity Check of all Applicants and an Applicant may be deemed ineligible based on any adverse findings against the business, a Director or a Partner of the business.
Eligibility for AEIP grants is subject to the recommendations from the Type 1 or a Type 2 Energy Assessment undertaken as part of this program or by an equivalent assessment having been undertaken within the past 24 months.
Assessments are available until March 2020 or funds are exhausted