The Federal Government is delivering on its commitment to help dairy farmers lower their power bills and play their part in helping to reduce Australia’s emissions.

Dairy farmers across Australia can now apply for grants that will support them to make their energy use more efficient and to reduce their power bills through the Energy Efficient Communities program.

Grants of up to $20,000 are available for a dairy farming business to upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption, invest in monitoring systems to better manage energy use, and conduct energy audits to investigate other opportunities for energy efficient activities.

Energy use in milk cooling, milk harvesting, and hot water production is one of the biggest overheads in the dairy industry, costing dairy farmers as much as $12,800 per 100 cows each year.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said the program is focused on helping dairy farming businesses lower their power bills by becoming more energy efficient.

“Farmers have long been at the forefront of innovation to reduce their cost of doing business and their emissions output, but energy costs remain high for many in our dairy sector, especially when farmers are doing it tough on the back of bushfires and COVID-19,” Mr Taylor said.

“This support from the Federal Government will help dairy farmers in their efforts to better manage their energy use, while also continuing to play a role in reducing global emissions.”

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said dairy farming businesses are an important asset to regional economies.

“These grants will provide support at a time when so many in the agricultural sector are struggling,” Mr Drum said.

“Supporting the long-term sustainability of our dairy farmers is critical to the sustainability of regional Australia.”

The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Federal Government’s Climate Solutions Package in the 2019 Federal Budget; $10 million has been made specifically available for the dairy round.

To ensure an equitable distribution across dairying regions, funding will be available in each state in proportion to the number of dairy farms.

Grant guidelines and application forms for the dairy round are available at www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Energy-Efficient-Communities-Program-Dairy-Farming-Business or by calling 13 28 46.

Applications close August 17, 2020.

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