Save money on energy by accessing free Government support
2020 is not an easy year for businesses. Many have been affected by drought, bushfires or flooding, and with the current Covid-19 pandemic, businesses are suffering further.
One of the highest costs after wages can be your energy consumption. This is where the Government-funded energy coaching program comes in. The NSW Government is providing funding for experts to visit your sites, provide expert energy support and to develop recommendations for how you can save money.
We have been working with NSW Dept of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) on their energy management coaching program for business for a few months and would like to inform our followers of this great opportunity.
Depending on the size of your energy consumption, you may be eligible for up to $35,000 in support.
How can you save money on energy?
Energy is wasted by utilising old technology and controls, leaving plant and equipment on when not in use, having sub-optimal temperature or process settings, or having reactive rather than preventative maintenance procedures. Often, energy waste occurs because there is insufficient time or resources to devote to manage energy effectively and plan for improvements.
We can help you identify where you are unnecessarily spending money and may even be able to help you apply for more funding to upgrade or replace equipment.
How much money is the Government making available?
Support for medium energy users
If your business spends at least $30,000 on electricity and gas in a year, then you may be eligible for 20 hours of one-on-one coaching.
Support for high energy users
There may be even more support if your business spends more than $500,000 annually. In this case, we will benchmark the energy performance of your business and help define a project that can improve your energy management.
Please note that even if you are spending more than $500,000 per year, you can access also the 20 hours of one-on-one coaching.
Are you eligible for this program?
Your business must be in NSW, have an ABN and be registered for GST. For medium energy users, you need to prove that you spend more than $30,000 per year on energy.
For high energy users, you need to show that you spend more than $500,000 per year on energy. Your organisation must also be in the mining, agriculture, or selected manufacturing sub-sectors, or have an annual energy usage above 3,000 MWh in any manufacturing sub-sector.
How does it work, and what will you need to do?
The NSW Government has appointed 100% Renewables Pty Ltd to a panel to help with delivering this program. Once you have determined whether you are eligible for this support, you will need to email us. For the businesses we can support, we will help you complete an application form and liaise with the Department to secure your participation in the program. Once you have been approved, we will arrange for a suitable time to visit your site, identify savings opportunities and develop business cases to support implementation.
Is there any cost involved?
There is no cost involved for your business for the 20 hours of one-on-one coaching. Originally, businesses had to co-fund energy coaching. However, in the current Covid-19 environment, this fee has been removed.
For high energy users, DPIE will provide up to $35,000 for us to help you implement the project, with your business funding 20% of total costs.
How to apply:
If you think your business could benefit from free energy-saving advice, please send an email to email@example.com or call Patrick at 0408 413 597. Please include the following details:
- Name and address of your business
- Describe your main business activity
- Your contact details
- How much you spend on energy in a year
- Two recent bills for electricity and gas, if applicable
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