Energy efficiency grants for Tasmanian farmers

Farmers in Tasmania can apply for a grant of up to $20,000 to install energy efficient infrastructure.

Tasmanian Minister for Energy Guy Barnett this week announced the state government’s $750,000 On-Farm Energy Program would be expanded to include 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,” Mr Barnett said.

“This builds on the original scheme that 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 the 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 we need to get right behind our farmers to support our farming future,” Mr Barnett said.

“The food sector in Tasmania is now worth a combined $4.1 billion, with 76 per cent of production sold interstate or overseas, so saving money for our farmers will help us reach our target boosting the value of agricultural in Tasmania to $10 billion by 2050.”