Senator Payne encourages Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains hotels and motels to apply for new energy-saving grant program
Small and medium hotels, motels and serviced apartments across the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains are being encouraged to apply for a new grant program that can help reduce energy use, improve energy productivity and deliver carbon abatement.
Through the Morrison Government’s new $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program, hotels, motels and serviced apartment complexes with up to 99 rooms will be able to access grants of up to $25,000 for energy-saving projects, with at least 400 grants on offer.
Projects which could be funded include:
- Upgrading air conditioners or refrigeration systems to more energy efficient model
- Installing energy efficient lighting
- Replacing single-glazed windows with double-glazed windows
- Installing monitoring systems to better manage energy use
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the launch 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,” Minister 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.”
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the government program was a part of the Economic Recovery Program.
“Providing employment for locals and hospitality and accommodation for tourists, our hotels and motels are part of the lifeblood of the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains economies,” Senator Payne said.
“Like the extension of the instant asset write off scheme, the launch of the Hotel Energy Uplift Program is all about providing practical, targeted assistance to businesses and support for local jobs as we comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Funding has been distributed across states and territories, with New South Wales allocated the highest amount of funding.
“I strongly encourage local accommodation owners and operators to consider submitting an application for this valuable funding opportunity.”
The Hotel Energy Uplift Program was announced in the 2020-21 Budget as part of the Government’s $1.9 billion investment in new energy technologies which will back jobs now and into the future, reduce emissions and ensure all Australians have access to reliable and affordable energy.
Applications are now open and will close on 1 April 2021 (or earlier, if funding is exhausted). To view the program guidelines, visit: https://www.energy.gov.au/government-priorities/energy-programs/hotel-energy-uplift-program.