10th March 2017

The NSW Government is providing funding to selected NSW businesses that have an appetite for being powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, or achieving a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target such as net zero emissions.

Twenty businesses across the state will share in $200,000 of funding as part of a program to help companies adopt renewable energy and be more energy efficient. The businesses will receive $10,000 each for advisory services under the Government’s Clean Energy Strategies for Business program, which is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Industry and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Applications for the funding closed in January this year. Some of the organisations selected for the program include Gundagai Meat Processors, Stone & Wood Brewing Co in Byron Bay and Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.

The strategies developed by companies selected to receive funding through the program will act as examples to all businesses seeking to move to renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions.

Commercial and industrial energy use accounts for around 45 per cent of total consumption in NSW. The NSW Government believes this program will play an instrumental role in achieving its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

The project is expected to be completed by the second half of 2017.