Are you wanting to reduce energy costs on-farm? Do you want to increase farm energy efficiency? Want to know more about renewable energy options? The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) assessments and grants provide an opportunity to explore the answers to these questions.
In this recording, Peter Harrison and Emily Witham from Agriculture Victoria walk us through the process of applying for an AEIP assessment and grant.
Mark Barber and Remi Cesaro, energy assessors from Northmore and Gordon, explain how to prepare for an energy assessment and some of the common energy opportunities on beef and sheep farms.
Peter August, a producer from Gippsland, shares with us his experience and the benefits he is seeing on-farm after installing a 13-kilowatt solar system and 48-kilowatts of battery storage capacity with the assistance of the AEIP grants.
The webinar was recorded on 10 June 2021 and all information was accurate at the time of recording.
Agriculture Energy Investment Plan
On-farm energy assessments and grants are available through the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan.
The on-farm energy assessments provide information on equipment and systems to improve energy efficiency and energy productivity. Applications for on-farm energy assessments close on 15 July 2021.
Rebates and grants are available for equipment to improve farm energy efficiency. There are three components to the grants:
- Fast-Track Rebate – grants of up to $20,000 for farm businesses that have received a Type 1 or Type 2 on-farm energy assessment through the AEIP.
- Tier 1 – grants of between $20,000 to $50,000 for equipment upgrades.
- Tier 2 – grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for projects seeking equipment or process improvements in a connected way across farming systems.
Grants will be provided on a ‘dollar for dollar’ cash co-contribution basis. Recipients are required to contribute at least 50% of the total cash costs of the project.
Applications for rebates and grants will close on 15 December 2021 or when funds are fully expended.
Other webinars in this series:
The Agriculture Victoria Energy Webinar Series is part of the Victorian Government’s Agriculture Energy Investment Plan, which is supporting producers to improve energy usage on-farm.