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E-Bulletin: October Edition

Welcome to the October Energy Efficient Business e-bulletin, bringing you news and information to help your business use energy more productively.

New guide helps you invest in solar power

A new business guide aims to help you invest in solar power for your business.

The Solar Photovoltaic Finance Guide outlines options available in NSW, from traditional asset finance to newer offerings such as solar leasing and power purchase agreements.

Calculators and interactive product comparison tools are also included in the guide, making it easy for businesses to get independent information on whether a solar PV system is right for them.

A training course is also available to help you develop compelling business cases for energy projects such as solar.

Attending the Building the business case training course and taking up the additional post-training support was a very smart move. As a result, we had our business case for a solar energy project approved after an earlier proposal had been rejected by our board. We are now saving about $28,000 a year off our energy bills.

- Mahmoud Chatila, Property & Sustainability Coordinator, Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT)

Read Investing in Solar Power
Register for Building the business case training

Empowering your business with battery storage

Battery energy storage is still in its infancy in Australia, but technological improvements and falling prices mean it will soon be on the radar of many businesses.

Over time, it is expected more Australian businesses will adopt this technology to provide stability of supply (particularly in remote areas), to help manage peak demand costs or to integrate with renewables such as solar.

The Office of Environment and Heritage is working with the Clean Energy Council to develop support for businesses in this emerging technology space.

A report from professional services company AECOM provides a good overview of the energy storage landscape in Australia.

Read Empowering a Changing World (PDF 1.9MB)

Optimum start/stop to reduce your HVAC energy use

An optimum start/stop strategy requires minimal investment and can immediately reduce your HVAC energy use by up to 10 per cent.

By reducing your system’s operating hours, this strategy can also reduce maintenance costs and extend plant working life.

Read MORE (PDF 130KB)

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The Energy Efficient Business team of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage offers technology advice, training and assistance with accessing energy efficiency finance. To find out how your organisation can save energy, visit our webpage, email us, or phone 1300 361 967 (ask for the Energy Efficient Business team).

Energy saving tips for winemakers

We’re developing new webpages to assist businesses in specific sectors easily locate the tools and top tips to be more energy efficient. Check out our page on the winemaking sector.

Hear what one business has achieved

We helped Charles Sturt University in Bathurst achieve an 18% energy reduction, saving them nearly half a million dollars annually.

Upcoming training courses

From the entry level to the more technical, there’s something for everyone looking to make better use of energy.

Tools and other resources for your business

We’ve developed a number of tools and resources that will help you with your energy project. Check out our calculators here and our technology and sector guides here. A step-by-step walkthrough on selecting and obtaining the right financing for your project can be found here.