BOOSTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR VICTORIA’S FARMERS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian farmers to invest in new equipment and technology to improve sustainability and reduce energy costs with the rollout of new Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today welcomed the latest recipients to receive the grant including Jane Riggall out in East Gippsland.

The grants will support farm businesses complete projects to improve their energy efficiency, reduce on-farm costs and maintain their competitiveness. Grants have been awarded to farms across the agricultural sector – including dairy, sheep, horticulture and viticulture producers.

With this grant they will be able to upgrade their existing milk cooling system to one that is far more reliable and energy efficient.

Farms from across the state, including those in the Wangaratta, Moira, Wellington, Alpine, Gannawarra, South Gippsland, and Campaspe shires have been successful.

The grants process will now be streamlined for dairy farmers applying for small energy grants, who will now be able to receive grants for eligible equipment without requiring an on-farm energy assessment.

This allows dairy farmers facing particularly challenging seasonal and market conditions to apply directly for a grant of up to $50,000 by selecting from a list of pre-approved items.

Farm businesses applying for smaller grants will now be able to apply twice for the maximum combined value of $50,000 allowing them to access support more efficiently and better plan ahead for their businesses.

The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan has been designed to strengthen industry’s ability to adapt to changing energy conditions and provides:

• $5 million for energy efficiency assessments on farm
• $20 million in grants to support farmers invest in energy efficiency and own generation technology
• $1.5 million to demonstrate energy efficiency and own generation measures on farm
• $2.5 million to link farmers and businesses to information, education resources and apps
• $1 million in research to commercialise research for the farming sector.

For more information on how to apply for assessments and grants, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au.

Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes

“We’re proud to be helping Victorian farms move into the future with projects that will bring costs down and make our agriculture industry sustainable for many years to come.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“We’re making sure we can best support farmers to save on their energy bills and make their businesses more efficient – it’s important that we undertake thorough energy efficiency assessments so farmers can get the best cost savings.”