Media release: Business encouraged to apply to reduce energy costs

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High energy using businesses can now apply for grants of up to $25,000 to improve their energy efficiency under the Australian Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program, Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips has announced.

Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis and Mrs Phillips was concerned that with businesses focused on recovery from this year’s natural disasters, many may be unaware of the program.

Businesses with an annual net energy consumption of more than 0.05 PJ per year can access grants worth up to 50 per cent of project costs to replace or upgrade existing equipment, carry out energy audits and monitor energy usage and emissions.

Fiona Phillips MP said this grant great news for local businesses impacted by bushfire, flood and coronavirus who are looking to save on their energy costs.

“Our businesses have had a tough year, so I am pleased that the Australian Government is supporting businesses to reduce their energy costs,” Mrs Phillips said.

The Energy Efficient Communities Program also provides grants for dairy farmers and small businesses. These streams close on 17 August and 26 August respectively.

“Too often, our community has missed out on funding assistance because the government has refused to recognise the need to protect jobs and support innovation in this region,” Fiona Phillips said.

“I want to see these funds spent on the South Coast, so I am encouraging local high energy consuming businesses, dairy farmers and small businesses to apply as soon as possible for this assistance,” she said.

Applications for the High Energy Using Business Grants stream close on 24 September and interested businesses can apply here