The Energy Efficient Communities Program
$50 million of grants will be available 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.
Funding will support activities to help community organisations save energy through:
- equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption, including energy generation and storage projects (for example solar photovoltaic panels, batteries and solar hot water).
- completion of energy systems assessments according to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3598 2014 to investigate energy savings opportunities.
Funding will support activities to help businesses save energy through :
- equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption, excluding energy generation equipment such as solar photovoltaic panels
- investment in energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use
- completion of energy systems assessments according to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3598 2014 or feasibility studies to investigate energy efficiency opportunities.
More information will be available when Program Guidelines are released and the grant becomes open.
The Department has begun planning for the next round of the Volunteers Grant, which is expected to open soon. Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will help community organisations buy equipment such as laptops, fridges, dishwashers, pay for fuel costs or training.