Apple and pear farmers in Australia are being tempted to take a bite out of their energy use with grants of up to A$50,000(£30k).
Fruit growers in the nation’s state of Victoria can apply for the ‘Capital Funding’ grants which help small to medium businesses with the costs of energy efficiency projects.
Annie Farrow at the industry body Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) said: “Apple and pear growers in Victoria have the opportunity to apply for funding towards energy and material usage assessments in their business. Materials used to produce apples and pears include: bins, pallets, chemicals, boxes and packaging items and other non-capital items.”
Smaller grants of A$15,000 (£19k) are also available for businesses looking to undertake an energy audit or seeking specialist advice.