Deadline for Green Tourism Incentive Programme extended

2018-01-10 08:35 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Tourism enterprises can apply for energy efficiency grants to help implement clean energy systems.

The Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP), managed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on behalf of the Department of Tourism, has extended its deadline for applications to 31 January 2018.

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The programme aims to encourage tourism companies to use more renewable resources by reducing input costs and supporting operational sustainability.

Qualifying tourism enterprises can be eligible for the following:

  • 90% of the cost for a new energy-efficiency audit or the full cost for reviewing an existing energy-efficiency audit; and
  • grant funding to qualifying small and micro enterprises on a sliding scale from 30% to 90% - capped at R 1 million.
  • The funding will be paid directly to service providers.

The systems covered include solar and wind energy generating operations, solar-based water heating equipment and other devices used in cooking and lighting that are energy-efficient. The audits will be conducted by the National Cleaner Production Centre of SA.

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In order to be eligible, the company needs to be a private micro or small enterprise and cater directly to tourists, and if providing accommodation, require a star grading from the Tourism Grading Council of SA. You cannot waive the audit and need to be able to cover the rest of the costs not covered by the grant.

To apply, you can download the application form here, complete it and send it along with other supporting documents to gtip@idc.co.za.

You can read more about the incentive below:

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