Author Sally Cook
Date January 2017
To help large energy users reduce their loads and costs, the South Australian Government is providing $31m in funding through its Energy Productivity Program. Applications must be made by the end of May, 2017.
Funding is available in two forms:
- Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program: funding 75% of the cost of a Level 2 energy audit (up to $15,000) to engage an external energy auditor to identify energy savings opportunities.
- Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program: two streams of funding to implement the recommendations of the Energy Productivity Audit Grant or the outcomes from another recently completed energy audit. The first stream being up to $2.5m funding for large projects and $75k for smaller projects.
As the funding applications will be reviewed and awarded on a competitive basis, it is essential that applications clearly address the relevant eligibility criteria. Energetics has a proven track record in supporting large energy users to access funds from competitive, merit based government funding programs. For example under the Clean Technology Investment Program, we helped our clients secure more than $30m in funding.
A summary of each is provided below.
Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program (open until 31 May 2017)
Energetics has extensive experience in conducting Level 2 energy audits across all industry sectors. Funding for audits requires organisations to provide a 25% minimum contribution towards the audit cost. For example, if an energy audit cost $20,000 the government will provide $15,000 in funding. The outcomes an organisation can expect from an energy audit include developing a detailed energy use and cost breakdown at the site, identification of energy productivity measures and associated cost benefit analysis and development of strategic action plan to implement the recommended improvements.
Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program (open until 31 May 2017)
Funding is available via two streams:
- Stream 1 has grants up to $2.5m with $1 funded for every $2 contributed, e.g. $2.5m funding on a $7.5m implementation project
- Stream 2 has grants up to $75k with $1 funded for every $1 contributed, e.g. $75k funding on a $150k implementation project.
Energetics can assist businesses throughout the whole project lifecycle, starting from the funding application, the energy audit process, project procurement and implementation, measurement and verification and any ongoing reporting requirements under the funding agreement.
See the South Australian Energy Productivity Program website for more detailed information.