The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet and Parliamentary Secretary, Mark Dreyfus, recently announced over $20 million in grants to improve energy efficiency in small and medium businesses and community groups.
“Small and medium businesses and community groups are under a lot of time pressure. As a result, they often don’t have the time, resources or information to find out how to save money by improving energy efficiency,” Mr Combet said.
“These grants will deliver practical information from trusted sources to help small and medium businesses and community groups use energy in the smartest and most efficient way,” Mr Dreyfus said.
Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird and Federal Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones welcomed the funding as the Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG) will enable local manufacturing businesses in the Illawarra to tap into tailored information to improve their energy efficiency.
Mr Jones said the Interactive online tools and resources and onsite support services initiative would benefit local manufacturers by offering access to a range of products and services along with onsite energy assessments, outreach sessions and workshops to improve energy efficiency.
This project was one of over 200 applications received in the first round of EEIG and I’m pleased to announce that Round Two will open in October,” said Mr Jones.
“This is all about giving small and medium enterprises the information to improve energy efficiency and save some money that can be reinvested or better used in the community.”
Applications were assessed by an independent committee on value for money, project effectiveness and delivery, particularly focusing on the strength of relationship between the grant recipient and their network.
The $40 million EEIG program is part of the Government’s Clean Energy Future (CEF) package.
The Government is providing additional support for small and medium business under the CEF package, including an extra $5 million to improve delivery of clean technology advice and other non-grant support programs for Australia’s small and medium businesses.
“In addition, the Government is also increasing the instant asset write off for small and medium businesses with turnover of less than $2 million per year to $6500”, said Ms Bird.
“I look forward to seeing how these programs and other EEIG initiatives will lower energy costs in the Illawarra and across Australia.”