Small and medium accommodation providers across Nicholls are being supported by the Federal Government in lowering their power bills so they can invest in their business and employ more people.

Through the $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program, hotels, motels, and serviced apartment complexes with less than 100 rooms can access grants of up to $25,000 for energy-saving projects.

This will reduce energy costs for hotel operators and support the creation of local jobs, including for electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers. At least 400 grants are on offer.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said the program comes at an important time, as the tourism and accommodation sector looks to get back on its feet.

“The hotel industry has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Taylor said.

“With 80 per cent of small to medium hotels located in regional Australia, these grants will provide a significant boost to our regions.

“The upgrade projects will provide genuine and lasting energy savings, and will have a positive flow-on effect for jobs and small businesses.”

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the grants will help hotels across the region to reduce their energy bills through projects such as air conditioning or refrigeration upgrades, installing energy efficient lighting, or investing in monitoring systems to better manage energy use.

“Energy costs are one of the biggest overheads for publicans and hotel owners and these grants will reduce these operating costs and help them reinvest in their business during this critical time,” Mr Drum said.

Applications close April 1, 2021 (or earlier if funding is exhausted). Click here to view the program guidelines or call 132 846.

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