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Submetering grants

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Overview of the grant

This grant supports NSW businesses to install new submeters. Submeters are different to regular utility meters because they provide data about your equipment's performance. This data can then be used to help you save energy. A small investment in metering can have long-term financial benefits.

It can also help your business take advantage of Energy Savings Scheme incentives and other initiatives which require a minimum level of metering to be in place. 

Round 1 grants closed on 2 December 2022. There may be additional funding opportunities available in 2023. 

If you are a successful round 1 recipient and wish to be paid your grant: 

  • you need to complete your project and submit all reporting documents by 30 June 2023 to receive your grant payment, and 
  • you must submit your reporting documents using the online SmartyGrants platform.  

Further information 

Frequently asked questions

Is submetering in commercial buildings eligible?

Yes, provided your application is for base building only and the occupancy certificate was issued prior to 1 January 2022. Base building refers to central services like heating and cooling systems.

Is submetering on renewable energy sources eligible?

No. Only metering points on purchased energy sources, steam, air and water that are related to establishing energy performance are eligible. This may include the purchase and installation of permanent metering devices, integration with onsite communication systems and cabling.

What if I can’t complete my project by 30 June 2023?

You can terminate your project at any time by writing to us. You will not be paid for any work to date. You may apply again in future rounds if you have not already started the project.

If we have not received any evidence your project is complete by 30 June 2023, we may terminate your contract and you will not receive payment of the grant. The earlier you apply, the more time you will have to complete your project.

When will I be paid?

You will receive the grant payment when your project is complete and all reporting documentation has been accepted.

What if the installation costs more than the quote I provided in my application?

No upward variations on price are permitted. We will only pay the approved grant amount specified in your funding deed. 

What if the installation costs less than the quote I provided in my application?

We will pay 50% of the actual incurred project costs, which may be less than the approved grant amount specified in your funding deed.

I installed my submeters very recently. Am I still eligible to get the grant?

No. We can only pay for submeters installed after you sign a funding deed with us. Any work that began prior to a signed funding deed in place is not eligible for this grant.

My application was rejected. Can I apply again?

Round 1 grants closed on 2 December 2022. There may be additional funding opportunities available in 2023. 

I’m having trouble with the application form on SmartyGrants. What should I do?

Please read the Technical help guide for applicants or contact service@smartygrants.com.au. If you are still experiencing issues, please reach out to the team at energyefficiency.program@environment.nsw.gov.au

Contact us

If you have any questions about this grant or wish to discuss your project, email us at energyefficiency.program@environment.nsw.gov.au.