Energy Efficiency Grant Funding deadline extended to March 2019
Businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk have a further three months to apply for grants for energy saving measures, thanks to a project involving the two County Councils. Applications for energy efficiency funding of up to £50,000 should be submitted by 31 March 2019.
As a recipient of one of the 143 grant offers already made, Mark J. Streeter (Managing Director, Courtesy Taxis, Norwich) explained how the support can be the tipping point to bring new projects forward:
“Without the grant funding from BEE Anglia I wouldn't have been able to purchase as many new vehicles all at once, knowing that the vehicles are much more energy efficient the fuel savings are immediate – it’s a win win situation! All the BEE Anglia team are so helpful through the whole process I would thoroughly recommend.”
Grants are available for up to 28% of the overall project cost, up to a maximum of £50,000, with a minimum of £1,000 (approximate total project cost of £3,500). Eligibility criteria apply, and grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis out of a finite pot, so businesses are encouraged not to wait until March.
So far, Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia have awarded over £420k to projects totalling £1.5m. Funding has supported measures including electric vehicles, high efficiency machinery, radiant heating, lighting, vehicle tracking, wood burners and more. Any measure will be considered if it brings sufficient associated energy savings, with an expert team in place to support the evidence.
Even businesses that do not receive a grant can benefit from free support; independent advisors have helped 706 businesses to identify potential cost savings of £4m, and carbon savings of 30,000 tonnes – that’s the equivalent of taking 5,882 new cars off the road for a year.
Cllr Richard Rout, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council said “These figures underline the significant potential for local businesses to save on their energy bills, while contributing to our shared goal of Creating the Greenest County. The independent advice and grants available through BEE Anglia have helped hundreds of businesses to have confidence in the benefits of the measures they take. With time running out on the funding, I would urge any businesses that have not yet had an energy review to contact the team without delay”.
The BEE Anglia project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered across the region through a partnership of Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council, Groundwork and NWES.
The project has three core offers that have been designed to help businesses reduce carbon and save money using independent advice, funding and recognition for their efforts.
• Free Energy Reviews - Energy experts will visit the business’ premises to conduct a free, impartial and independent review that identifies the best cost and carbon saving opportunities.
• Grant Funding - BEE has a limited pot of European funding to support participating businesses to implement innovative energy efficiency measures.
• Carbon Charter Accreditation – This local accreditation helps businesses to stand out from the crowd with independent verification of their sustainability management.
To find out more about support and grant funding provided by BEE Anglia click here or call the team on 01473 350370.