Local Hunter manufacturer Drayton’s Family Wines will use a $222,582 grant from the Rudd Labor Government to invest in clean and renewable technologies.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, and Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, today announced the funding from the $840 million Clean Technology Investment Programs.

Mr Fitzgibbon congratulated Drayton’s Family Wines and said the grant would help them reduce both their power bills and carbon emissions.

“With support from the Labor Government, Drayton’s Family Wines is reducing their power bills by up to $83,000 per year. At the same time the company will cut carbon pollution by reducing the energy intensity of their operations by 69%,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“This will be achieved by installing a 200kW solar power system and replacing lighting and upgrading the refrigeration system at its wine manufacturing facility in Pokolbin.

“These changes are exactly the sort of practical improvements that the Labor Government is keen to support.

“By helping manufacturers invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions technologies, processes and products, Labor is supporting projects that are good for businesses, good for the environment and good for the local economy.”

Senator Carr said that this injection of financial support now would help Drayton’s Family Wines modernise their operations and be more sustainable – both environmentally and financially – over the long term.  

The Clean Technology Investment Programs include the Clean Technology Investment Program and the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program.

They are part of the Labor Government’s drive to help companies modernise and take advantage of new technology to become more efficient and more competitive.

The Programs will help achieve real change through 582 grants, supported by over $300 million in Government funding approved to date, which has in turn leveraged close to $1 billion in total investment in clean technology around Australia.

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