Energy Efficiency Grant Funding now available up to £50,000

Recent changes to European funding rules mean that businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk can now access grants of up to £50,000 for energy efficiency measures, provided by a partnership involving the two County Councils.

One of the previously supported businesses spells out 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.”
Mark J. Streeter, Managing Director, Courtesy Taxis, Norwich.

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.

So far, Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia have awarded over £480k to projects totalling £1.7m. 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 540 businesses to identify potential cost savings of £3.4m, and carbon savings of 27,000 tonnes – that’s the equivalent of taking 17,700 new cars off the road.

Cllr Matthew Hicks, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council said “This increase in the maximum grant size is good news for businesses in the region. There are long-lasting benefits to improved efficiency, but upfront costs can be a major barrier. I’m delighted that we will be able to support more businesses with larger projects.”

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.

Businesses interested in any aspect of this service can find out more and register online (www.beeanglia.org) or call Groundwork on 01473 350370. Dedicated advisors will be able to answer any queries about eligibility for the programme or potential grant projects.

Progress report:

Organisations reviewed:
540
(Up to the end of February 2018)

Identified cost savings of:
£3,400,000
(£6,296 per business)

Carbon savings of:
27,000t
(50t per business)

The savings identified are the equivalent of taking 17,700 new cars off the road a year

Thousands of businesses across the region are taking steps to improve their energy efficiency – can you afford not to? Our support comes in three ways:

Our energy experts will visit the business’ premises to identify the best cost and carbon saving opportunities. The free, impartial and independent review will map your current energy spend and provide tailored recommendations for you to take forward.

BEE has a limited pot of European funding to support participating businesses to implement energy efficiency measures. Initial applications have covered a diverse range of projects and technologies.

Help your business stand out from the crowd with the Carbon Charter – fully funded by the BEE project. Accreditation also brings membership to the active Carbon Charter network, with extensive opportunities for sharing best practice and developing business contacts.

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