Guidelines are available for the Queensland government’s Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Grants (MEEG) ahead of applications opening on October 23.
Grants provide matched grant funding of between $5,000 and $25,000 for equipment or processes to decrease energy use or carbon dioxide emissions, with project needing to demonstrate a 10 per cent reduction in either.
In a statement on Tuesday, the state government said grants under the $7.1 million program will be spread across two rounds, with round two to be released next year.
Potential projects could include converting gas or fuel processes to electric; replacing dryers with heat pump dryers; gas capture for reuse in other processes; or replacing non-LED lights with LEDs.
“We anticipate strong demand for the grants announced today, and we hope the Queensland Government will be prepared to refine and expand the program over time to help more businesses modernise their energy use, cut their bills and reduce pressures on the wider energy system,” said Dean Deighton from the Australian Industry Group.
The round will close on June 30, 2024 or when the funding is exhausted.
More information is available here.
Picture: a heat pump (credit Engie)