You may be aware of the South Australian Government’s recent announcement to offer $31 million in grant funding over two years to help large businesses manage their electricity costs. Sustainable Energy Solutions has established a partnership with a local energy solutions practice in Adelaide who are equipped to support our clients with the application process and to identify relevant opportunities.

We have answered some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you understand the eligibility criteria and opportunities for your business. Scroll down for our full list of FAQs, or call your Sustainable Energy Solutions Account Manager on 02 9371 4153 to get started. Applications for the first component of the grant close on 31 May 2017 so don’t delay as funding is allocated on a competitive basis.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Where do I find information about the program and the application forms?
  • What is the eligibility criteria?
    • Component 1: Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program
    • Component 2: Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program
  • Are there other relevant rebates or funding schemes if I miss out on a grant through the SAEPP?
  • Should I still consider energy productivity and renewable energy projects?
  • How do I get started?

Where do I find information about the program and the application forms?

Follow the links below for relevant information and forms:

  • The South Australian Energy Productivity Program (SAEPP) information page
  • We recommend that you download a PDF file of the program guidelines before completing your application

How is the funding awarded?

The funding is awarded on a competitive basis. Therefore, all applications should clearly address the eligibility criteria.

What is the eligibility criteria?

  • Conduct business in South Australia
  • Be a large customer pursuant to the National Energy Retail Law (South Australia) Act 2011. A large customer is defined as a business customer who consumes energy at business premises at or above the upper consumption threshold. In South Australia, the upper consumption threshold is 160 MWh per annum
  • Be a solvent business able to enter into a legally binding funding agreement with the South Australian Government
  • Willing to enter into a funding agreement with the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
  • Be willing to provide reports, information and data, including financial information as required
  • Commit to the required financial co-contribution, exclusive of in-kind contributions
  • Have an ABN and be registered for GST.

Funding Breakdown:

  • $7.5 million to cover 75 per cent of the cost of energy audits for up to 500 businesses
  • $8.5 million to implement audit recommendations in at least 110 businesses with $75,000 grants on a one-to-one funding basis
  • $15 million to implement at least six major energy saving opportunities, with grants of up to $2.5 million on a $1 of Government funding for $2 of business contribution basis.

How is the SAEPP administered?

The Energy Productivity Program is administered in two components.

Component 1: Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program

  • Refer to pages 4 and 5 of the program guidelines
  • The first incentive is to fund of 75% of the cost of a Level 2 energy audit, up to $15,000, to businesses to engage an external energy auditor to identify energy productivity opportunities.

Applications for Component 1 (Audit) will be assessed against the following:

  • The contribution of energy costs to the overall costs of the business
  • The practicality and achievability of energy productivity benefits
  • Capacity and capability to implement an identified energy productivity opportunity

What types of projects are eligible for funding? Typical projects could include:

  • Installation of solar systems with battery storage units
  • Power Factor Correction equipment which can reduce power usage and the replacement of equipment such as pumps
  • Compressors and refrigeration with more energy efficient technologies

What are the key dates for the applying for Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program?

Applications close on 31 May 2017, with applications assessed as they are received and subject to the availability of funding.

Component 2: Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program

  • Grants to implement the recommendations of the audits conducted through the Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program or
  • The recommendations of a recently completed energy audit with a preference for projects that provide broader market benefits to South Australia.

Applications for Component 2 (Implementation) will be assessed against the following:

  • Potential savings and impact on the applicant
  • Broader market benefits to South Australia of the implementation of the project
  • The capacity and capability, including management capability of the applicant to successfully undertake the project.

What are the key dates for the applying for Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program?

Applications close on 31 March 2018, with applications assessed as they are received and subject to the availability of funding.

Are there other relevant rebates or funding schemes if I miss out on a grant through the SAEPP?

Yes, the SA LED lighting scheme still applies whether you apply for an SAEPP or not

Should I still consider energy productivity and renewable energy projects?

Yes, with the rising cost of energy, the payback periods for LED projects are around 2-3 years and for solar projects are around 3-4 years. There has never been a better time to invest in energy efficiency initiatives which will have an instant impact on your bottom line. Some project will help you drive down costs through reducing your energy consumption and network charges by reducing your demand.

How do I get started?

Email or contact your Sustainable Energy Solutions Account Manager who can outline the steps and introduce you to a local provider to commence the application for Components 1 and 2.