The Tasmanian Government has announced that its $750,000 On-Farm Energy Program will be expanded to include grants of up to $20,000 to be used for new energy efficient infrastructure.
Under the revised scheme, farmers can receive dollar-for-dollar contributions for infrastructure such as irrigation pumps, lighting, insulation, solar panels, solar powered battery storage, or ventilation, heating or cooling equipment.
This builds on the original scheme which provided funding for energy and irrigation audits of on-farm activities to now include help to cover the cost of new equipment recommended by an audit.
Farmers can still access funding for energy and irrigation audits as part of this overall $20,000 cap on a two-to-one basis to receive expert advice to identify energy saving opportunities on their farm and support their capital investment application.
With more than a quarter of Tasmania’s land area committed to agriculture, the State Government says it needs to get right behind farmers to support the state’s farming future.
For more information on the On-farm Energy Audit and Capital Grant Program go to www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au
Lauren Butler is the assistant editor for Utility Magazine. She’s based in Melbourne, Australia.