Territorians will be able to access energy-efficient initiatives for their homes through new “Smart Energy” grants that will help lower the cost of living, create work for small businesses and tradies, and help deliver on the Territory Government’s target of 50% renewables by 2030.
The Smart Energy grants were identified as an important initiative in the Territory Government’s Roadmap to Renewables report, which sets out a path for the NT to take advantage of job-creating opportunities from the global shift to renewable energy.
Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison announced further details of the Smart Energy Grants, which will be run through a voucher system on a 50-50 co-contribution basis for up to $1000 to owners of residential or investment properties to undertake energy efficiency measures to their homes.
For approved eligible member of the NT pensioner and carer’s scheme the co-contribution required will be 25% (instead of 50%), making it affordable to undertake improvements to their homes to be more energy efficient.
“The Territory Government knows that the best way to grow population is to create jobs and reduce the cost of living – and this investment in renewable energy does that,” Ms Manison said.
“We are giving Territorians access to renewable energy initiatives for their homes that will reduce their power bills.
“The Territory Government is investing $4 million for co-contribution grants of up to $1000 to households to undertake energy efficiency measures such as installation of solar systems, batteries, solar pool pumps, smart meters, efficient lighting, solar hot water, and energy efficient fixtures.
“Significantly for pensioners, the co-contribution required will only be 25% – which will make it much more affordable for our seniors to have energy efficient works undertaken at their homes.”
1. Installation of solar PV system;
2. Installation of batteries connected to a solar system;
3. Installation of a solar or energy efficient pool pump;
4. Installation or replacement of a solar hot water system;
5. Energy efficient lighting replacement;
6. Energy efficient air-conditioner replacement (including reverse cycle systems);
7. Energy Efficient electric heat pump hot water system or pool pumps;
8. Installation of smart meters/energy monitoring devices
Ms Manison said all works must be completed by an eligible Territory business. The vouchers will be available from January 2, 2018.
An additional $250,000 will be spent on partnering with community groups to deliver educational and awareness campaigns about being energy smart.
The NT Government accepted – or accepted in principle – the key 11 recommendations from the Roadmap to Renewables report.
Source: NT Government