Government Incentive Programs - Rebates and Grants

The following government rebate and co-investment schemes offer opportunities to further reduce the payback period and improve the return on investment for lighting retrofit projects.

NSW Energy Savings Scheme

Products approved for this scheme

A number of enLighten’s intelligent LED luminaires have been accepted for use in commercial lighting projects under the NSW Energy Savings Scheme. having successfully addressed the scheme’s guidelines in the following areas:

  • electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electrical safety
  • lamp circuit power (LCP)
  • asset lifetime

Scheme Overview

The Energy Savings Scheme is a NSW-based energy efficiency scheme. It is legislated to continue until 2020 or until a national scheme with similar objectives is introduced.  Its principal objective is to create a financial incentive to reduce the consumption of electricity through energy savings activities.

Scheme Participants purchase Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs) from Accredited Certificate Providers, who create Energy Savings Certificates following the implementation of energy savings activities.The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) has 2 functions, as both the Scheme Administrator and Scheme Regulator. These roles include assessing applications, accrediting parties to undertake eligible activities and to create certificates, monitoring compliance and monitoring the performance of the Scheme Participants.

ESCs are tradeable certificates that vary in price according to supply and demand. 

Obtaining Energy Savings Certificates

An application for ESCs can be undertaken by the Client (once they become accredited) or they can use a 3rd party accredited Agent, known as an Accredited Certificate Provider. Agents charge a fee that varies from agent to agent. A rough fee estimate is 20% of the total value of the certificates issued. The value of ESCs vary and can range from $10-30. Enlighten takes due care to incorporate a current ESC value estimate in the calculation of retrofit project ROIs, however clients will need to get a confirmed value via their agent.

Documentation requirements

Enlighten Australian provides the following project documentation to the client where we are the installation contractor. This documentation is required by the Accredited Certificate Provider for the generation of Energy Savings Certificates for the commercial lighting upgrade activity.

  • Post installation lux report,
  • Product asset register listing existing lighting LCP Lamp Circuit Power, hours of operation, ballast & control types and replacement Chamaeleon light models and LCP.
  • CCEW - Completion Certificate Electrical Works,
  • Pre & post installation photos,
  • Metal and fluorescent tube recycling certificates.

Demand Manager video: Creating extra income from Chamaeleon light upgrades

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No More Average Buildings Campaign

25 Feb 2016

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and NABERS have unveiled the ‘No more average buildings’ campaign with the aim to have NSW be the first state to have no more average energy-performing buildings by the end of the 2018–19 financial year.

Of 486 NABERS-certified buildings in NSW today, only 102 have a NABERS energy rating of three stars or less, a 40 per cent reduction in the number of buildings rated three stars or less in the 2012–13 financial year.

The program will offer financial support for energy efficiency improvements to owners and managers of office buildings with a NABERS energy assessment of three stars or less.

The support package includes:

  • 50 percent off the cost of an energy audit to identify major energy-saving opportunities in a building
  • up to $10,000 for technical expertise to help implement opportunities
  • up to $15,000 to ensure the upgrades are delivering the expected savings
  • help to access available public and private finance options for projects
  • subsidised energy-efficiency training in technologies such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • assistance to develop compelling business cases for energy upgrade projects.

Support packages will also be made available for other NABERS rateable buildings including shopping centres, hotels and data centres.

Businesses have until Thursday 31 March 2016 to submit applications for an energy assessment grant up to $5,000.

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ACTSmart Programs

For business owners operating in the ACT with annual electricity bills of up to $20,000 and / or employing up to 10 full time staff, the ACTSmart Business Energy and Water program will contribute half the cost towards upgrading to more energy or water efficient products - lighting, heating or cooling, refrigeration, toilets or tapware (up to $5,000*).

The ACT Government's ACTSmart also runs programs for households, schools, community groups and businesses.

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Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme EEIS

August 27, 2016. Energy efficient commercial lighting upgrades have been added to the list of eligible activities under the EEIS, which requires electricity retailers operating in the ACT to meet energy saving targets.

The EEIS scheme has been operating in the residential sector since January 2013 – with over 60,000 households participating to the end of September 2015. The recent addition of commercial lighting upgrades applies to the following Australian Building Code classes.

BCA Class Description
2 Multi unit dwelling (residential). Note - common areas only
3 Accommodation - hotel, motel, residential part of a school or detention centre
5 Commercial office
6 Retail
7 a. Car park
b. warehouse
8 Laboratory, assembly
9 a. Health care building
c. aged care facility

Some retailers are offering their business customers FREE lighting upgrades via qualified technicians to carry out activities such as LED lamp replacement of halogen and incandescent lamps.

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Victorian Energy Saver Incentive (VEET) Scheme

Products approved for this scheme

Note: Charcoal Black emergency models awaiting VEET approval

1 Jan 2016 Update - The allowable operating hours, calculation factors and range of eligible areas for Commercial Lighting Upgrades have expanded, making it is easier to claim more rebates for a wider range of projects. Find out more

enLighten's product range that have been approved for use under Section 34 Commercial Lighting Upgrades for the generation of Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificate (VEECs) is listed to the right.

Scheme Overview

The Energy Saver Incentive or Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme is administered and regulated by the Victorian Essential Services Commission, who assess product applications, monitor compliance and accredit parties to undertake eligible activities and create certificates.

A VEEC is a financial incentive to reduce the consumption of electricity through energy savings activities. VEECs are tradeable certificates that vary in price according to supply and demand. An indicative price range is $17-$20 per certificate.

The calculation of VEECs is dependent on the following factors:
  • Existing lamp technology installed – (lamp circuit power, ballast, controls)
  • Lamp technology replaced – (lamp circuit power, ballast, controls)
  • Volume of lights retrofitted
  • Hours of operation
Who can apply?

The following existing Building Code of Australia Classes: 2,3,5,6,7,8,9 or 10b buildings undertaking an upgrade of general lighting are:

  • Commercial facilities - office buildings, hotels, motels, aged care facilities and shopping centres
  • Public facilities – swimming pools, administration centres, community centres
  • Residential strata and company title properties (Class 2 -common areas only)
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Energex Positive Payback for Business Reward Scheme

Electricity Network Provider, Energex,  is currently offering rewards to assist small to medium sized businesses in south-east Queensland to implement energy conservation initiatives.

Energex is offering to pay a Peak Load Reduction Reward to those businesses that contribute to reducing demand on the network during peak periods (peak demand) by replacing lighting with more energy efficient lighting.To date retail, amusement park, food & general manufacturing sectors have been successful recipients.

The reward offered ranges from $200 minimum to $20,000 maximum.

  • the Applicant must not have already received a Reward for any of the Products they are making a claim for;
  • the aggregate of the peak demand reduction achieved by installation of the Products must total at least 1 kilowatt (1000 watts);
  • the Products must be new and unused;
  • the Products must be installed and commissioned at the Premises in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, codes and manufacturers specifications and be in working order;
  • the Products must be installed and commissioned within the Reward Period;
  • the items of equipment removed from the Premises and replaced with the Products must not be reconnected to electricity supply within the Energex distribution network area;

For further information on eligible areas contact Travis Jenkin.

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Ergon Energy Peak Demand Reduction Incentive

Demand management incentive programs help to reduce peak demand, deferring costly network infrastructure upgrades to help minimise electricity price increases for everyone. Incentives are available to eligible customers to reduce electricity usage at peak demand times in the Southern Mackay and Cannonvale / Riordanvale areas adjacent to Airlie Beach.

Cashback incentives are available to eligible Ergon Energy business customers in Mackay  to optimise their electricity use during periods of peak demand.

Currently there are three types of incentives available for eligible business customers in the Mackay eligible area:

  1. Deemed Demand incentives reward customers that switch to one of our selected energy efficient products that help reduce demand. Any customer can apply for a deemed product incentive.
  2. Reduced Demand incentives reward businesses that make permanent changes to the way their business operates by removing or shifting electricity usage from peak to off-peak periods. Suitable for businesses using more than 100 MWh per year.
  3. Demand Response incentives reward businesses that are able to reduce their demand for electricity on call, or who can provide additional electricity to support Ergon's network during periods of peak demand. Due to minimum demand reduction requirements, demand response incentives are designed for businesses that use more than 300 MWh per year.

In the Cannonvale / Riordanvale eligible area business customers are able to claim up to up to $350/kVA cashback of reduced network peak demand for energy efficiency activities including upgrading of air conditioning, lighting or other equipment with more energy efficient models.

Business customers must first apply for pre-approval for any proposed changes and wait for a Letter of Offer to confirm eligibility for cashback incentives. The Letter of Offer is valid for 6 months or as otherwise outlined.

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Adelaide Sustainable City Incentives Scheme including Smart Blocks implementation

From 1 July 2015, Adelaide City Council is providing reimbursements for the installation of energy saving devices, including LED lighting upgrades for apartment buildings, community housing, schools, small business and sporting groups with the Adelaide Council local government area.

The South Australian Government has announced it will match Adelaide City Council's Sustainable City Incentives Scheme funding, doubling the available pool of funds.

Up to $5,000 will be available to fund energy efficiency upgrades of apartment buildings, including LED lighting. A total of $20,000 per site is on offer for a range of activities such as solar PV, solar hot water, energy storage, electric vehicle charging stations, rainwater tanks.

The project hosts, which can be building owners or tenants, will need to seek pre-approval from Council and payment will be processed on receipt of invoices.

Common areas of apartment blocks - energy efficiency implementation

The Smart Blocks energy efficiency incentive supports the implementation of energy efficiency measures in common property areas of apartment blocks. Energy efficiency measures implemented are eligible for 20% of the installed cost up to a maximum of $5,000/year.

The apartment building must be participating in, or willing to join, the Smart Blocks program and agree to complete a case study. Individual energy efficiency measures must have a cost of carbon abatement of <$60/tonne CO2-e over a device deeming period of ≤10 years.

Energy efficiency measures must be identified and assessed as part of an energy audit conducted by an accredited assessor or suitably qualified engineer.

If using lighting products registered under the SA Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme, project hosts will also be able to claim REES certificate payments.

To find out more prospective applicants should contact Adelaide Council at or telephone 08 8203 7203 to discuss potential projects, funding availability and eligibility with a member of the Sustainability Policy team. To download the fact sheet or smart blocks rebate application form visit the Sustainable City Incentives Scheme website.

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SA Retailer Energy Efficiency (REES) Scheme

The former Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) has been rebranded to Retailer Energy Efficiency scheme and from Jan 1 2015 will include energy efficiency activities for business including commercial lighting upgrades.

The original focus of the South Australian Government scheme, which commenced on 1 Jan 2009 was for electricity and gas retailers with over 5000 customers to provide energy audits and energy efficiency activities for low income households.

Following a scheme review, the scope has now been expanded to include businesses that consume less than 160MWh electricity per year.

For more information download REES Activity 28 Commercial Lighting Upgrade

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Emissions Reduction Fund - Commercial & Public Lighting Upgrades

July 9, 2015

The Commonwealth Government has recently released the finalised commercial and public lighting calculation methodology.

The determination provides for crediting emissions reductions from projects that improve the energy performance of lighting systems in commercial and industrial buildings, as well as public areas, such as pedestrian, street, and traffic lighting.

Activities could involve modifying, installing, removing or replacing lighting equipment to improve the lighting system’s energy efficiency.

The methodology was based largely on the New South Wales Energy Savings Scheme (ESS), which has seen many government and private property owners benefit from funding contributions for commercial and public lighting upgrade projects.

The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is the Federal Government’s emissions reduction program through their Direct Action Plan. The ERF involves the government purchasing carbon abatement from a wide range of sources to reduce greenhouse emissions from one of many approved methodologies or “types of projects”.

How large is the ERF?

$660 million of funding was allocated in the first auction, which took place in April 2015. 107 Carbon Abatement Contracts contracts were issued at a volume weighted average price of $13.95 per tonne . The majority of projects were in the sequestration and landfill and waste sectors, with energy efficiency not playing any major role. See ERF project register

In brighter news, there is $1.89 billion remaining in the ERF and there has been progress in the development and confirmation of around a dozen emissions reduction activity calculation methodologies, including Commercial & Public Lighting. A draft was released in April & industry comments and submissions received, prior to the legislation being gazetted in late June. See the full listing of ERF calculation methods.

Can I claim ERF funding in addition to NSW, Victorian or SA state government rebates?

No, there needs to be proof of "additionality" ie that the energy savings have not been funded or transferred into energy savings certificates in other jurisdictions such as the NSW Energy Savings Scheme, the Victorian Energy Saving Incentive scheme or the SA Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme.

Project hosts will need to assess the relative merits of participation in the state based schemes or the ERF. For QLD, WA, NT and Tasmanian project hosts, the ERF represents a more compelling opportunity.

Project aggregation opportunities

To date, the minimum project bid size of 2000 tonnes pa of CO2 abatement has been an impediment for many businesses to participate in the ERF auctions. Other barriers to participation include high administration and transaction costs - measurement & verification of savings (M&V), legal costs and high risk perceptions given that penalties are payable for under-delivery of abatement across lengthy contract periods of up to 10 years .

However, there is an emerging solution offered by third party agents who would bundle or aggregate projects from multiple clients and manage the reporting, financial and delivery risks. Typically these agents would have experience in the State Government energy efficiency trading schemes (ESC, VEET, REES) and would pay project hosts an upfront payment of 7 years of ACCU certificates, less their admin fees and risk premiums.

For further information view Outperfomers Aggregrated ERF Facility 

Return of the Multi-Mode lighting calculation for ERF projects

In a win for enLighten's Chamaeleon customers, the calculation factors for the energy consumption (lamp circuit power) for "multi mode" lights, ie lights that operate on more than one "mode" ie standby or full light output, have been re-established according to area of use. The Chamaeleon light is included under the multi mode ruling, which requires that the light output of the 2nd mode is greater than "0"

In effect, this means that the full energy saving potential of the Chamaeleon light range can be more accurately translated in kwH of energy savings & ultimately Tonnes of C02 emissions reductions. Eg for an emergency model in a commercial office fire stair, 98% operation in standby (8w) mode & 2% operation at full light (32W) can reduce the average LCP to 8.5W.

For further information on available project rebates/funding or ERF eligibility please CONTACT US.

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Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Scheme

The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) scheme is a COAG commitment under the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency. It is being managed by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Changes to the scheme were announced in June 2016 - See more on June 2016 program changes

The scheme requires owners and lessors of commercial office space with a net lettable area of 2,000 m² (which will reduce to 1,000m² from 1 June 2017) or more to disclose a valid Building Energy Efficiency Certificate to prospective purchasers and tenants when the space is to be sold, leased or subleased.

The Building Energy Efficiency Certificate will include three components:

  1. a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy base building rating;
  2. a tenancy lighting assessment; and
  3. energy efficiency guidance.

The Building Energy Efficiency Certificate will be valid for up to 12 months. The certificate will need to be valid, current and registered on the scheme’s online central registry. The NABERS Energy star rating will need to be disclosed in any advertisement about the sale, lease or sublease of the office.


enLighten and the CBD scheme

Energy savings gained from enLighten’s LED lighting retrofits will contribute to an improvement in the base building’s NABERs star rating. To date, the majority of the Chamaeleon installations have been in low occupancy spaces such as car parks, fire stairs and service corridors.

For tenanted areas, enLighten's new Earth Series of commercial downlights and LED troffers offer building owners an opportunity to upgrade at the point of tenancy changeover.  See related article -News and Innovation/LED troffer meets tenant's light requirements where fluoros failed


Tenancy lighting assessment and energy efficiency guidance

The tenancy lighting assessment (TLA) will benchmark the existing tenancy lighting (that will be passed on to the incoming tenant or building owner) against best practice. Accredited assessors will complete a survey of the lighting and enter data into a calculator. The survey will be undertaken with the NABERS Energy assessment and will produce a CBD Lighting Assessment form. The validity of the TLA will be extended from 1 to 5 years in a rule change. See more on June 2016 program changes

The energy efficiency guidance will provide general advice to building owners and tenants on common energy efficiency opportunities in commercial office buildings. The material will not be tailored to the individual building and will not be an energy audit.The scheme will not require building owners to undertake a comprehensive energy audit.

For more information visit the the official Commercial Building Disclosure program website.

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SA Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program


Grants of 75 per cent of the cost of a Level 2 energy audit, up to $15,000, to businesses to engage an external energy auditor to identify energy productivity opportunities.

Open to SA businesses that use more than 160MWh of electricity each year to incentivise investment in energy productivity measures.

Applications close on 31/05/17, funding to be spent within 12 months.

Grant offers $8.5 million to implement audit recommendations in at least 110 businesses with $75,000 grants on a one-to-one funding basis


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SA Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program

Grants are on offer to implement the recommendations of the audits conducted through the Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program or the recommendations of a recently completed energy audit with a preference for projects that provide broader market benefits to South Australia.

The Energy Productivity Program will be available to businesses that use more than 160MWh of electricity each year to incentivise investment in energy productivity measures.

Applications close on 31/05/17, funding to be spent within 12 months.

The Grant offers $7.5 million to cover 75 per cent of the cost of energy audits for up to 500 businesses




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