Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program

The Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program is available to businesses that use up to approximately $20,000 in electricity a year or have up to about 10 fulltime employees. The program offers:

a subsidised energy assessment and tailored energy action plan

• 50% off installation costs up to $5,000 (for businesses using $5,000-$20,000 a year in electricity) and up to $2,000 (for businesses using less than $5,000 a year in electricity)

• coordination assistance by an assessor to install energy saving improvements, at no cost to the business (up to four hours).

Energy assessment

Businesses pay only $75 or $150, depending on electricity use, to the assessor at the time of the assessment or when they receive their Energy Action Plan.

50% off costs for energy efficient improvements

The subsidy is for implementing energy efficiency improvements as outlined in the Energy Action Plan, including:

• lighting and skylights

• heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and insulation

• electric motors

• air compressors

• commercial refrigeration

• boilers

• insulation

• hot water systems.

The subsidy is only available for items with a payback period of greater than 2 years.

Free support (up to four hours) for coordination of energy efficient installations including getting quotes, overseeing work and completing paperwork.

The Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program is part of the NSW Government’s $150 million Energy Efficiency Strategy. This strategy is helping NSW households, government and business save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To register for the Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program complete the Registration Form and send to the address below or register online at the NSW Government Save Power website .

B. NSW Green Business Program

Under the NSW Green Business Program, $8.3 million is being provided for 22 projects to save an estimated 192.3 million litres of water, 35,038 megawatt hours of electricity and 25,602 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.

C. National Solar Schools Program

The NSSP is a great way for schools to get involved and get educated about climate change, energy saving benefits and different solutions to reduce our carbon footprint. Schools are able to install and teach about LED Lighting, Solar technologies as well as water saving solutions.

The program offers eligible primary and secondary schools the opportunity to compete for grants of up to $50,000 (GST exclusive), to install solar and other renewable power systems, solar hot water systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures including:

• Energy efficient lighting

• Skylights

• Ceiling fans

• Sensors

• Shade awnings

• Automatic doors

• Double glazing.

Since the program commenced on 1 July 2008, almost 7,300 schools have registered their interest to participate. Total funding of more than $128 million has already been paid to over 2,800 schools. Of these, more than 1,700 projects have been installed across the nation. These schools are already generating their own electricity from renewable sources and improving their energy efficiency by reducing energy consumption.

For more information on registration please click here

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