What is the Energy Efficient Communities Program?

The Energy Efficient Communities Program is a grant that will 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.

 

Funding

The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $50 million of grants to assist businesses and community organisations.

Grants will be made available for:

  • Community Organisations Stream – can apply for up to $12,500 and will not be required to make a co-contribution.
  • Business Stream – small businesses can apply for up to $20,000 and will not be required to make a cocontribution. Businesses that consume large amounts of energy each year (over 0.05 petajoules) can apply for up to $25,000 and will be required to contribute matched funding.

 

Eligible Projects

Funding will support activities to help businesses and community organisations to save energy through:

  • equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption
    • energy generation and storage projects (for example solar PV 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

 

Eligible Applicants

Grants will be made available for:

  • small businesses
  • businesses that consume large amounts (over 0.05 petajoules) of energy each year
  • community organisations

Definitions of the businesses that can seek funding will be refined during program design.

Eligible community organisations will be able to apply for grants to fund energy generation and storage projects from a date to be determined. Applications for grants to fund other equipment upgrades and energy audits will open in early 2020.

Eligible community organisations include Men’s Sheds, community owned kindergartens, welfare centres, community centres, women’s associations, country fire authorities, community owned childcare centres, community football and netball clubs, Scout or Guide groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups and surf lifesaving clubs.

 

Timing

Applications will open early 2020.

 

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