Energy monitoring included in $50M national ‘energy efficient’ business and community program
Wattwatchers is well positioned to help businesses and community groups to right-size their energy management project proposals to deliver long-term savings.
Thousands of small businesses and community groups stand to benefit from the Australian Government’s new Energy Efficient Communities Program (EECP), but applicants will need to move fast because it will be first in, first served to get the $50 million available as one-off grants.
More about the EECP opportunities
The EECP, which was announced earlier this year by the Morrison Coalition Government, ahead of the May Federal Election, has been flying under the radar in terms of public awareness of the modest commitment aimed at both energy savings and carbon emission reductions. (Reported by Guardian Australia in February 2019)
It was an election promise, and is now being honoured by the Coalition following its surprise-to-many win in the election, with community group grants of up to $12,500 per applicant open from October this year, and business applications expected to open early in 2020 – up to $20,000 for small businesses and up to $25,000 for larger businesses that consume a lot of energy.
The community group and small business grants don’t require any co-contribution from successful applicants, although the larger businesses with high energy use will need to match any grant funding that they receive on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Community groups are able to apply for energy generation and storage projects – for example solar photovoltaic panels, batteries and solar hot water – but business applicants have to stick to energy efficiency projects in three areas:
- equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption
- investment in energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use
- completion of energy systems assessments according to the Australian Standard or feasibility studies to investigate energy efficiency opportunities
Email Wattwatchers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to explore opportunities to propose electricity monitoring as part of a grant application.