Environmental Grants and Rebates
Government Green Loans Program
The government green loans program is a lending program designed to assist Australians in making the necessary changes to their home to comply with more environmentally friendly standards. It can be very expensive to modify your home into a more energy efficient set-up, and many home-owners cannot afford the necessary changes without government assistance. This program, like every loan program, is subject to availability, so check if you can still qualify for it by calling 1800 198 794 or by visiting the website here.
Natural Resource Grants
The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management (AMLR NRM) Board provides financial assistance to support communities to sustainably manage natural resources across the region. This includes NRM Grants for schools and community groups, incentives for rural landholders and grants for primary industries.
For more information please visit naturalresources.sa.gov.au.
Energy and Water Rebates
The State Government offers various rebates, please check the following websites to see what is available:
- For water related rebates, see sawater.com.au
- For energy related rebates, see energy.sa.gov.au, or call the Energy Advisory Service on 1800 671 907
Renewable Power Incentive
You may be entitled to Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) if your Small-Scale Generation Unit (SGU), such as small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind or hydro unit, is eligible. These certificates can then be sold and transferred to an STC agent (usually electricity retailers) or sold in the STC market or through the STC Clearing House. An STC agent will offer you a financial benefit such as an up-front discount or delayed cash payment when you assign your STCs to them. A majority of owners take this option.
For more details visit the Australian Government's Office of Renewable Energy Regulator solar panels web page.
Solar Hot Water Rebate
Concession card-holders in South Australia may be eligible for a rebate of $500 for the cost of installing a new solar hot water or electric heat pump hot water system.
For more details visit the Transport, Energy and Infrastructure website.
Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme
The Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian Government initiative that requires large energy providers to help households save energy. This includes offering energy audits and energy efficiency activities, like installing energy efficient lighting, water efficient shower heads and stand-by power controllers.
For more information on this program please visit the South Australian Government website.
National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides households and small businesses with access to free recycling services for televisions and computers. Electronic items such as televisions and computers, printers, keyboards, mice and hard drives can be disposed of for free. The scheme does not cover other electronic items such as mobile phones, stereos and video recorders.
For the list of currently operating recycling drop off points provided by Scheme, go to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme site.
For more information on E-Waste click here.
South Australian Energy Productivity Program
On 13 December 2016, the South Australian Government announced that it will provide $31 million to assist large energy using businesses in South Australia to manage their electricity costs and contribute energy supply benefits to the state.
The Energy Productivity Program will be available to businesses that use more than 160MWh of electricity each year to incentive investment in energy productivity measures.
The program has two components:
- Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program – grants of 75 per cent of the cost of a Level 2 energy audit, up to $15,000, to businesses to engage an external energy auditor to identify energy productivity opportunities. Will be open for applications on 20 December 2016 through to 31 May 2017, with applications assessed as they are received and subject to the availability of funding.
- Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program – grants to implement the recommendations of the audits conducted through the Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program or the recommendations of a recently completed energy audit with a preference for projects that provide broader market benefits to South Australia. Will be open for applications on 20 December 2016 through to 31 March 2018
More more information visit http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/resources/energy-efficiency/south-australian-energy-productivity-program
Mitcham Community Grants
The City of Mitcham Grants offers grants of up to $1,500 to eligible community groups and organisations to undertake Community Development Projects. This covers a range of areas including environmental improvement, which is for projects aimed at:
- enhanced biodiversity
- improved waterways
- reduced energy consumption
- encouragement of eco-friendly transport options
- encouragement of innovative land management practices
- encouragement of innovative waste minimisation practices
- encouragement of eco-tourist development
For more information visit our Grants page.