ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION GRANTS
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) have grants available to businesses to improve energy efficiency and energy conservation. The description of these grants is summarised from the EECA website.
EECA Industrial Energy Audit Grants
EECA advise "If you want to improve energy use in your business but aren't sure where to start, an energy audit can be an invaluable tool. An energy audit evaluates how energy is being used, and identifies the energy and cost-saving opportunities. To help your business unlock those savings, EECA helps fund energy audits of the following technology systems (a) compressed air; (b) fan systems; (c) pumping systems; and (d) process heat systems (e.g. hot water or steam boiler systems).
Industrial energy audit grants are available for 'base-level' audits or 'investment-level' audits, of one or more of the above technology systems on your site. The energy audits must be conducted according to EECA-approved energy audit standards by EECA Programme Partners. Your business or site may be eligible for an industrial energy audit grant if it has (a) 150kW or more of capacity in electric motorised systems; or (b) 1.5 MW of capacity in heat plant (boiler or oven) systems."
A full list of EECA-approved Programme Partners is available on the EECA Business website.
EECA Project Grants
EECA advise "To be eligible for a project grant, businesses must (a) be prepared to allow information about the project to be publicly available, for case study purposes; (b) have the capability to deliver the project; (c) fund at least 60% of the project cost and (d) allow third-party monitoring and evaluation.
The maximum amount of the grant is 40% of the cost of implementing the project, to a maximum of $100,000 per site. The actual amount of any grant approved is dependent on EECA's assessment of the economics of the project and the barriers to its implementation. Priority will be given to businesses that are able to demonstrate their commitment to energy management by, for example, having an active energy management policy or having completed an energy management assessment within the last 24 months.
To qualify for a grant, a project must (a) have been identified and evaluated through a robust energy audit, feasibility study or other process acceptable to EECA; (b) be specified by a party or parties with credible comparable project design and implementation expertise; (c) be economically viable and able to be replicated across other businesses and (d) have a genuine barrier to the business undertaking it without EECA funding support (e.g. a payback period greater than normally expected of comparable businesses). Please note, EECA does not provide funding for projects that have already been initiated at the time of application."
Applications are assessed on the 20th of each month, it is advised that you plan the timing of your application dependent on your intended project start date. For more information visit the EECA Business website.
ECCA Feasibility Study Grants
"EECA offers feasibility study grants to businesses that are considering a specific energy efficiency or renewable energy project, but require further assessment of the technical and financial feasibility before deciding to proceed or not. Projects can be in either an industrial or commercial setting, and may relate to any technology or process that has potential for economic energy efficiency or renewable energy use. To be eligible for a feasibility study grant, an applicant must be the owner or manager responsible for the plant or building that the project relates to. This does not preclude an application being developed by a consultant, in the name of a business owner or manager." To download the application form and for more information, visit the EECA Business website.
ECCA Boiler Tuning Grants
EECA advise "On average, every dollar spent on tuning returns up to $30 in energy savings. An EECA boiler tuning grant can help you cover the costs of introducing a boiler tuning schedule. Many businesses have annual maintenance programmes but research shows boilers should be tuned more often than once a year. Good tuning adjusts the air to fuel ratio in the boiler to get maximum fuel efficiency – it can deliver savings of up to 25% on your energy bill. EECA helps ensure your boilers are as energy efficient as possible, by providing grants to reduce the cost of introducing a six-monthly boiler tune-up schedule.
An EECA boiler tuning grant covers up to 40% of the costs of each six-monthly boiler tune-up, for a two year period. Up to $5,000 is available per year, per site for tuning of boilers with a capacity of 1500 kW or more. The boilers can be solid, liquid or gas fuelled. You will also receive a report on the savings made and suggestions on how to gain further efficiencies."