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Metering plan implementation grants

Applications are open. Apply today and start saving on your energy costs.

Key info

  • Status: Open now
  • Grant amounts: NSW businesses can apply for up to $100,000 to cover up to 50% of the project costs 
  • Applications close: The application closing date has been extended to 5 pm AEST on 29 July 2024 or when funding is exhausted. 

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Apply now for a metering plan implementation grant and receive up to $100,000 to cover up to 50% of the costs of installing an energy metering and monitoring system. 

Metering and monitoring can help you unlock data about your energy use and:

  • save around 5 to 15% in energy costs
  • improve energy performance
  • understand if electrification is practical at your site  
  • access government support for equipment upgrades 
  • and much more.

Tip Top - one of the largest producers of bread and bakery products in Australia - took advantage of  our previous program and upgraded its metering system at its Chullora manufacturing site. Daniel Barrett is the Operational Excellence Systems Specialist at Tip Top and says: 

‘What really surprised us most were the unexpected places that we found energy savings… So far we have measured a 6% decrease in annualised energy use… and are planning to roll out submetering systems for our 14 other manufacturing sites across Australia and New Zealand’

To learn more on how Tip Top reduced their energy consumption by installing submeters on site, watch our case study.

Overview of the grant

The implementation of metering and monitoring systems is a critical step towards identifying energy saving opportunities and building the case for equipment upgrades. 

We are helping NSW businesses by providing up to $100,000 to cover up to 50% of the cost of implementing the recommendations of your energy metering and monitoring plan. This means you can fill in the metering and monitoring gaps identified in your plan. 

The grant is part of the $12 million metering package that supports businesses across the different stages of the metering and monitoring process. This will help NSW businesses overcome barriers to improving energy performance and help NSW reach net zero emissions by 2050. 

About the funding

We have $1.5 million in funding available in round 1. You can apply for a grant of up to $100,000 (excluding GST) to cover up to 50% of the eligible project costs.  
Your project must be completed within 6 months of the funding deed start date. Applications close at 5 pm AEST on 29 July 2024 or until funding has been exhausted.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • have an energy metering and monitoring plan. The plan must: 
    • be no more than 3 years old from the day of the grant application 
    • accurately reflect the current processes and systems on site.  
      The breakdown of costs must be supported by itemised quotes valid at the time of the application.
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • the proposed metering plan implementation project must be at a NSW site address
  • spend a minimum of $200,000 a year on energy bills at that site, including all purchased fuels, except fuel for transport
  • have a complex energy system including, but not limited to, a combination of: 
    • multiple processes
    • multiple distribution systems
    • multiple energy types 
    • multiple end uses. 

If your application is for a commercial building: 

  • only the base building is eligible 
  • the occupancy certificate must have been issued prior to 1 January 2022.

For more information on eligibility and assessment criteria, please read the funding guidelines.  

How to apply

Applications for the grant are now open. Applications close at 5 pm AEST on 29 July 2024.

You need to submit an online application using the SmartyGrants platform. If you need help to complete and submit your application, please read the SmartyGrants help guide for applicants.  

Applications will be assessed as they are received. Before applying, you should read the: 

These have important information about the eligibility criteria, application requirements and assessment process.

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For more information about the funding agreement, please see our sample funding deed.  

If you have any questions about the grant or wish to discuss your project, please contact us at [email protected]


Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible if I do not have an energy metering and monitoring plan?

No. Your application must be supported by an energy metering and monitoring plan. 

I have multiple sites, can I apply for multiple grants?

You can apply for one grant per site. If you have more than one site, you’ll need to submit a separate application for each site.  

You can apply for up to 3 grants per business. If you apply for more than one grant, the sites specified in these applications must undertake activities in different industry classification subdivisions. 

For further information about applying for more than one grant, please read the funding guidelines

Which costs are eligible as part of the grant?

The grant will only co-fund the following costs:

  • costs to install and commission permanent submeters that are required for measuring energy performance
  • hardware and integration with the software needed to monitor energy use
  • first-year subscriptions to data management systems.

To find the full list of incurred costs excluded from this grant, please read the funding guidelines

When will I be able to access the funds?

If your application is successful, we’ll send you a funding deed. 

You’ll have 20 business days to sign and return the deed from the date we send it to you. The funding deed is only binding once we have signed it. 

You’ll have 6 months to complete your project from the day of the commencement of the funding deed.

Once you provide evidence that you’ve completed the project in accordance with your funding deed, you’ll receive payment.  

What is a complex energy system?

A complex energy system typically includes a combination of: 

  • multiple processes e.g. refrigeration and heating 
  • multiple distribution systems e.g. steam and compressed air 
  • multiple energy types e.g. electricity and gas 
  • multiple end uses e.g. furnaces, freezers, pasteurisers. 
I am having trouble with the application form on SmartyGrants. What should I do?

Please read the Technical help guide for applicants or contact [email protected]. If you are still experiencing issues, please reach out to the team at [email protected]

Do I need to hire a supplier on the metering and monitoring planning supplier panel? 

There is no requirement for the metering plans used in your grant application to be developed by a supplier on the metering and monitoring planning (MMP) panel.

What are the requirements for the metering and monitoring plan format?

There is no standardised format for the metering and monitoring plan as long as the plan meets the Assessment Criteria described in pages 13-14 of the Funding guidelines. The guidelines also contain a Report outline template to guide and support applicants. Following the template is not a requirement. Applicants can develop a plan following this template structure or using an equivalent format.

To find out more about other opportunities available visit the metering and monitoring page.