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Energy efficiency project support

EECA has helped numerous businesses invest in technology or system improvements that have provided real efficiency and sustainability benefits. Read some success stories here.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for project support, businesses must:

  • submit a project that is electricity efficiency-related
  • be prepared to allow information about the project to be publicly available, for case study purposes
  • have the capability to deliver the project
  • fund at least 60% of the project costs and 80% for lighting projects
  • allow third-party monitoring and evaluation.

About the grant

The maximum amount of the support is 40% of the cost of implementing projects such as HVAC improvements and refrigeration upgrades, to a maximum of $100,000 per site. For lighting projects, the maximum funding available is 20% of the project cost, to a maximum of $50,000 per site. At least 25% of lighting project savings must be from controls.

The actual amount of any grant approved is dependent on EECA's assessment of the economics of the project and the barriers to its implementation.

Priority will be given to businesses that:

  • are able to demonstrate their commitment to energy management by, for example, having an active energy management policy or having completed an energy management assessment within the last 24 months.

To qualify for funding support, a project must:

  • have been identified and evaluated through a robust energy audit, feasibility study or other process acceptable to EECA
  • be specified by a party or parties with credible comparable project design and implementation expertise
  • be economically viable and able to be replicated across other businesses
  • have a genuine barrier to the business undertaking it without EECA funding support (e.g. a payback period greater than normally expected of comparable businesses).

Please note, EECA does not provide funding for projects that have already been initiated at the time of application.

How to apply

Download the application form:

Print and send the application form to:

Business Grants Administrator
EECA
PO Box 388
Wellington

Or email to: business@eeca.govt.nz

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