2 March 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Energy Efficiency Grants up for grabs
The Australian Government has announced $16 million in grants from $10,000 to $25,000 for projects to improve energy efficiency, with refrigeration and air conditioning projects featuring strongly on the eligible list.
Australian Refrigeration Council CEO Glenn Evans said the government’s objective was to support small and medium businesses to become more energy efficient, ease pressure on their energy bills and reduce emissions.
“Applications are open from 6 March to 19 April 2023, with grants to be issued on a first come, first served basis, so it’s important to be quick,” he said.
“Opportunities for the RAC industry are very real, as grants can be used for a range of energy efficiency measures such as installing heat pumps and improving space and water heating.
“Grants can be used to purchase new equipment to replace less energy-efficient equipment and decommission the old equipment.”
Eligible projects include installing heat pumps to replace gas or electric heating and drying equipment or gas space or water heating, or replacing an existing air conditioner with a more efficient unit such as an inverter-driven unit.
In commercial refrigeration, eligible projects include replacing an existing refrigerated display cabinet or refrigeration compressor with a new high efficiency unit, installing night blinds or glass doors on refrigerated spaces, or upgrading the insulation and airtightness of a cool room.
“This is an opportunity to take a real step forward in energy efficiency through a substantial government contribution to defray the up-front costs,” Mr Evans said.
“I would urge the climate control sector, along with small and medium business everywhere, to take advantage of these grants for their own benefit and that of the environment.”
Find details of how to apply for the Energy Efficiency Grants here.
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