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Round two of energy saving grants now open to businesses

10 March 2023 : Council news, Business

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) Council is launching a second round of Energy Efficiency grants to help small and micro businesses become greener as part of its commitment to reaching net zero emissions by 2030.

Carbon cutting grants worth up to £2,500 will be made available to businesses with up to nine employees to help fund energy reduction and net-zero transition projects.

There are many ways in which businesses can reduce their carbon footprint, from reducing waste by re-using and recycling to limiting energy use at night and replacing fuel-powered vehicles with electric cars and bikes.

Businesses will need to undertake eligible projects to claim back what they have spent, capped at £2,500.

Examples of eligible projects that could be funded through the grant scheme include:

  • Installation of Heating or lighting controls
  • Upgrading energy efficient equipment
  • Replacing traditional lightbulbs with LED lighting
  • Waste segregation solutions
  • More efficient glazing
  • Reuse and recycle projects
  • Repair cafes
  • Staff training
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Acquiring an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating

As the scheme is being made available through Hinkley Point C’s developer contributions for business support funding, applications from businesses within the West Somerset locality of Somerset West and Taunton will be prioritised.

SWT's Executive Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation, Councillor Mike Rigby, said: “Most businesses are already climate-aware and committed to reducing their carbon footprint but it’s clear that support is needed to help futureproof their operations through green and energy efficiency projects.

“However, progress has been hindered due to a lack of funding and guidance, which has been exacerbated by recent energy price rises, leaving many businesses struggling to cover the costs.

“This second round of grant funding aims to complement existing support from Somerset Energy Innovation Centre’s ‘Make It Net Zero’ programme, by providing a first step for businesses on their journey towards net zero, and I encourage all eligible businesses to apply now.

“In addition to grant funding, businesses will be issued with information packs signposting them to further opportunities and resources to help them succeed on their journey.”

Applications for the second round of grant funding will close on Tuesday, 28 March.

Businesses should apply by visiting SWT’s Energy efficiency grant webpage.

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