En­ergy grants are open

Shepparton News - Country News - - EUROA SHOW 2018 -

Tier two and tier three on-farm en­ergy grants are now open as part of Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria’s Agri­cul­ture En­ergy In­vest­ment Plan.

The grants pro­gram, which forms a key part of the $30 mil­lion plan, will help farm­ers bet­ter man­age en­ergy costs by im­prov­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, boost­ing own-gen­er­a­tion and in­vest­ing in new tech­nol­ogy.

Grants are avail­able to el­i­gi­ble farm busi­nesses for projects that achieve en­ergy ef­fi­ciency or pro­vide the busi­ness with en­ergy pro­duc­tiv­ity im­prove­ments to sup­port longert­erm sus­tain­abil­ity.

Tier two on-farm en­ergy grants of $50 000 to $250 000 will pro­vide sup­port for en­ergy im­prove­ments across farm sys­tems that im­ple­ment rec­om­men­da­tions from farm­ers’ type two en­ergy as­sess­ment.

While tier three on-farm en­ergy grants of $250 000 to $1 mil­lion are avail­able for strate­gic projects that ben­e­fit mul­ti­ple farm busi­nesses and make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gion.

Depart­ment spokesper­son Me­gan Hig­son en­cour­aged farm­ers to un­der­take a free on-farm en­ergy as­sess­ment.

‘‘An as­sess­ment pro­vides rec­om­men­da­tions on how farm­ers can im­prove the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity of their farm busi­ness,’’ Ms Hig­son said.

‘‘An on-farm en­ergy as­sess­ment is re­quired to be el­i­gi­ble for an on-farm en­ergy grant.’’

The tier one on-farm en­ergy grants opened on Au­gust 17 and ad­dress the im­me­di­ate needs of farm­ers seek­ing to make sim­ple in­vest­ment de­ci­sions on-farm with fund­ing of up to $50 000 avail­able for el­i­gi­ble farm­ers and rel­e­vant projects. ■ To ap­ply for an on-farm en­ergy as­sess­ment or an on-farm en­ergy grant, visit: www.agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au/ agen­ergy

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