The Tasmanian Government has expanded its $750,000 On-Farm Energy Program to include $20,000 to be used for new energy efficient infrastructure, giving farmers the opportunity to receive dollar for dollar contributions on irrigation infrastructure and other necessary equipment.
The contributions will allow for the development of infrastructure such as irrigation pumps, lighting, insulation, solar panels, solar powered battery storage, or ventilation, heating or cooling equipment.
This builds on the original scheme which provided funding for energy and irrigation audits of on-farm activities to now include help to cover the cost of new equipment recommended by an audit.
Farmers can still access funding for energy and irrigation audits as part of this overall $20,000 cap on a two-to-one basis to receive expert advice to identify energy saving opportunities on their farm and support their capital investment application.
With more than a quarter of Tasmania’s land area committed to agriculture, the State Government said it needs to get right behind farmers to support the state’s farming future.