Assistance and rebates

Smarter Business solutions (Department of Business program)

The Smarter Business Solutions program is designed by the Department of Business to help Northern Territory business owners, Indigenous enterprises and not-for-profit organisations reduce their day to day energy costs. 

Smarter Business Solutions assistance includes free advice and grants for Territory enterprises to adopt efficient, innovative technologies and best practices that will reduce their energy costs.


Eligible enterprises include Northern Territory business owners, Indigenous enterprises and not-for-profit organisations that satisfy the following criteria:

  • physically located and actively trading for at least the previous 12 months in the Northern Territory (active trading means - having an ABN and actively remitting GST)
  • annual turnover of between $75,000 and $20 million
  • less than 200 employees
  • be willing to participate in a follow-up evaluation survey
  • have not received an equivalent grant under a previous program.

What is available?

  • Free advice on current efficient technologies and practice
  • Free walk-through site survey to identify potential savings opportunities
  • Short site survey report on potential savings opportunities
  • Grants up to $20,000 for the installation of eligible efficiency saving initiatives
  • Grants up to $10,000 for the installation of a renewable energy system
  • Grants up to $300 for the purchase and installation of energy monitoring equipment

Grant conditions

The grant amount is determined by the simple payback period of the initiative. Simple payback is calculated on the project price and the estimated savings from the system. Simple payback periods of three to five years qualify for the maximum grant percentage. The grant percentage halves over the one year period either side the target three to five year payback period. The grant is not available where the payback period is outside the two to six years. The maximum grant is:

  • $20,000 for efficiency projects
  • $10,000 for renewable (energy) systems
  • $300 for an energy monitor installation

How to apply?

Complete and submit the Smarter Business Solutions application form.

More information

More information is available on Smarter Business Solutions grants:

To find out if you are eligible for the Smarter Business Solutions program contact the department's Business Development Officers or visit the website.