The Re-tooling for Climate Change program is one of the three elements of the $240 million Clean Business Australia initiative. The other elements are the Climate Ready Program and the Green Building Fund.
The Re-tooling for Climate Change program ($75 million over four years) will help small and medium sized Australian manufacturers reduce their environmental footprint, through projects that improve the energy and/or water efficiency of their production processes. The program provides grants of between $10,000 and $500,000, up to a maximum of half of the cost of each project.
The program opened for application on 12 September 2008. The following are the dates for the application rounds:
Round 1 – closed 20 October 2008
Round 2 – closed 16 February 2009
Round 3 – open till 1 June 2009
Round 4 – open till 24 August 2009
Round 5 – open till 30 November 2009
Round 6 – open till 22 March 2010
For further information contact the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au

Rebates & grants

Solar hot water rebate – residential
The Australian Government is providing a rebate of $1600 to help eligible home-owners, landlords or tenants replace their electric storage hot water systems with solar or heat pump hot water systems. This offer is part of the Government’s $4 billion Energy Efficient Homes Package and it came into effect on 3 February 2009.

The rebate is only available to people who have not already accessed support to install ceiling insulation through the Homeowner Insulation Program.
Full details go to: www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency/solarhotwater/].

Solar panels
The Solar Homes and Communities Plan provides cash rebates for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems on homes and community use buildings. Eligibility criteria:
•    rebates and grants are available for the purchase and installation of major equipment items. Equipment must be new and not second-hand.
•    Residential rebates are for photovoltaic systems that are connected to a main-grid or are very close to a main-grid.
•    Any system eligible for a rebate under the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program is ineligible for the Solar Homes and Communities Plan
•    The person who carries out the installation must be accredited for design and installation of photovoltaic systems.
•    Applicant’s household taxable income must be less than $100,000.

Renewable energy in remote areas
The Australian Government’s Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP)  www.environment.gov.au/settlements/renewable/rrpgp/index.html
provides financial support to increase the use of renewable generation in remote parts of Australia that presently rely on fossil fuel for electricity supply.
The Residential and Medium-scale (RM) sub-program provides rebates for households, communities, not-for-profit, business, government and other organisations, in those areas of Australia not close to a main grid, to support the installation of renewable generation systems.

Rebates of up to 50 per cent of the capital cost of renewable generation and essential enabling equipment are available to applicants that fully comply with the eligibility requirements and procedures outlined in the RM sub-program guidelines www.environment.gov.au/settlements/renewable/rrpgp/pubs/rm-guidelines.pdf.The maximum rebate available is $200,000.

National Solar Schools Program
National Solar Schools offers grants of up to $50 000 (GST exclusive) to install solar and other renewable power systems, solar hot water systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures.
The objectives of the National Solar Schools Program are to allow schools to:

  • generate their own electricity from renewable sources
  • improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy consumption
  • adapt to climate change by making use of rainwater collected from school roofs
  • provide educational benefits for school students and their communities
  • Support the growth of the renewable energy industry.

Schools installing a minimum 2 kilowatt (kW) solar power system are eligible for a grant of up to $50 000  for the installation of eligible items.

If no solar power system or a system of less than 2kW is installed, a grant of up to $30,000 is available to be spent on eligible items.

Schools that have received Green Vouchers for Schools funding will have this amount deducted from their National Solar Schools Program grant.

National Solar Schools Program grants are available for the installation of a range of renewable energy generation, water and energy efficiency measures, including:

  • solar power systems
  • rainwater tanks
  • small wind turbines
  • small hydro power generators
  • solar hot water systems
  • energy efficiency lighting
  • ceiling fans door and window draught seals
  • ceiling, wall and floor insulation
  • sensors, timers and thermostats
  • automatic door closers and automatic sliding doors
  • external window fittings
  • skylights
  • shade awnings
  • smart meters and displays.

The program operates from July 2008 and runs until 30 June 2015. Schools making a claim in the last six months of the program must finalise their works and reporting requirements by 30 June 2015.
For more information go to www.environment.gov.au/settlements/renewable/nationalsolarschools/guidelines/index.html)