April 17, 2018
The State Government has extended a program which allows Queensland farmers to apply to receive a free energy efficiency audit to help cut power bills.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the extended $10 million Energy Savers Plus Program would provide energy efficiency solutions for up to 200 farms across Queensland.
“Following the success of the program’s first phase, delivered in partnership with the Queensland Farmers Federation and Ergon Energy, applications are now open for phase two for farmers to receive a free energy audit and up to $20,000 to help implement energy saving measures,” Dr Lynham said.
“These energy audits are worth their weight in gold as farmers will receive thousands of dollars’ worth of professional advice for free.”
Dr Lynham said that during the first phase of the Energy Savers Plus program, Ergon Energy delivered audits for almost 100 Queensland primary producers, resulting in $1.5 million in annual power savings to date.
QFF President Stuart Armitage said the Energy Savers Program was an important resource for farmers to help them identify and implement energy efficiency practices for their businesses.
“More than 60 per cent of the 130 farms participating in the previous Energy Savers Program are implementing or planning to implement the energy cost savings identified,” he said.
Applications for an audit close on May 29.