The On-farm Energy Audit and Capital Grant Program provides subsidies to assist farmers to reduce their energy use and bills.
The program has 2 types of grants:
Audit Grants provide a subsidy to assist farmers to engage a qualified professional to review their farm energy use, infrastructure and systems and identify savings strategies. This can include advice on pumping and irrigation systems, general farm operations, solar, domestic usage, and farm machinery & equipment. For every $2 of grant funds provided, successful applicants must contribute at least $1. Minimum grant assistance is $1,000.
Capital Infrastructure Grants
Capital Infrastructure Grants provide a subsidy to assist farmers to purchase new energy-saving or energy-efficient capital infrastructure to support improved or optimised on-farm energy efficiency, as recommended by an audit. This can include irrigation pumps, lighting, insulation, ventilation infrastructure, solar panels, solar powered battery storage, and heating or cooling infrastructure. For every $1 of grant funds provided, successful applicants must contribute at least $1. Minimum grant assistance is $1,000.