Helping hotels in Maranoa lower their power bills

Small and medium hotels across the Maranoa are being supported by the Federal government to lower their power bills so they can invest in their business and employ more Australians.

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Maranoa MP David Littleproud is encouraging hotels and motels across the Maranoa to apply for grants for energy-saving projects, under the government’s $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program.

“Energy costs are one of the biggest overheads for publicans and hotel owners and these grants will reduce these operating costs and help them reinvest in their business during this critical time,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The grants will help hotels across Maranoa to reduce their energy bills through upgrades like; airconditioning or refrigeration, installing energy efficient lighting or investing in monitoring systems to better manage their energy use.

“The upgrade projects will provide genuine and lasting energy savings and will have a positive flow-on effect for jobs and small businesses.

“The launch of these grants comes at an important time, supporting regional accommodation businesses to get back to full strength.

“With 80 per cent of small to medium hotels located in regional Australia, these grants will also provide a significant funding boost to local economies.”

Through the Hotel Energy Uplift Program, hotels, motels and serviced apartment complexes with up to 99 rooms will be able to access grants of up to $25,000 for energy-saving projects, with at least 400 grants on offer.

The Hotel Energy Uplift Program was announced in the 2020-21 budget as part of the government’s $1.9 billion investment in new energy technologies which will back jobs now and into the future, reduce emissions and ensure all Australians have access to reliable and affordable energy.

Applications open on 24 February 2021 and will close on 1 April 2021 (or earlier, if funding is exhausted). To view the program guidelines, visit: https://business.gov.au/

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