Energy saving programs for agricultural businesses

Applications for the Energy Savers Plus Program Extension closed on 4 June 2018.

Queensland agricultural businesses have the opportunity to apply for a free energy audit and funding to help improve their energy efficiency and reduce their operating costs.

Energy Savers Plus Program Extension

This program will provide energy audits and funding to help 200 Queensland agricultural businesses improve their energy efficiency.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • a free, independent electricity audit to identify better ways to manage their electricity use in areas such as heating, pumping, cooling and lighting
  • funding to implement audit recommendations, including plant and equipment upgrades.

The audits will be conducted over the next 3 years. Participants will be selected to ensure representation from across the agricultural sector and regions of Queensland.

Funding available

Participants can receive a co-contribution grant of up to 50% towards the cost of implementing recommendations, to a maximum of $20,000. Once the audit has been completed, participants can apply for the grant through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority.

Past programs

Energy audits under the previous Energy Savers Plus Program are ongoing. The program provides farmers with personalised audits that identify opportunities to cut costs in areas such as on-farm heating, pumping, cooling, lighting, processing and household energy use. The program also provides helpful information on financing options to help with energy efficiency upgrades.

Findings have indicated farmers can significantly reduce their electricity bill through more efficient practices. Read case studies from the program to find out how farmers and irrigators across Queensland are improving their energy efficiency.