Businesses in Worcestershire are being encouraged to apply for free support and grants to help them to generate their own energy or develop clean technologies.
The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme is an opportunity for companies to get the help they need to install renewable energy systems or undertake low carbon innovation projects.
Small to medium sized businesses can be helped to generate their own renewable energy through systems such as solar panels or ground source heat pumps, which will reduce their costs, their carbon emissions and their reliance on energy from the grid.
Other businesses might be helped with the development of new, innovative technologies which will help others to save energy or reduce their waste.
The business support programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is being run by Worcestershire County Council.
Ruth Corrall, Sustainable Communities Project Manager at the County Council, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for small and medium sized businesses in the County to get help to reduce their energy bills through generating their own renewable energy or to be assisted with the development of a new low carbon technology.
"We urge interested businesses to get in touch to see how the programme could help them."
Businesses that benefit from the programme through installing renewable energy generation systems, will reduce energy costs and improve their energy security. Other businesses may be able to access new markets or bring a new technology to the market.
To be eligible, businesses must:
- Be situated in and trading from Worcestershire
- Employ fewer than 250 employees
- Have a turnover of less than the equivalent of 50 million Euros per annum or an annual balance sheet of less than 43 million Euros.
Businesses on the programme will receive a free assessment which will either help them understand the options for them to generate their own renewable energy, or help with their technology development. This technical appraisal is equivalent of two days of business support.
Following the business support, the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme can provide grants of up to 45% of the total cost of a project (to a maximum contribution of £100,000 for capital projects, £50,000 for revenue) for businesses to install renewable energy systems or undertake low carbon innovation projects.
There will also be a series of events working alongside local partners to provide further support and learning opportunities to businesses.
The programme sits alongside other support which is available to Worcestershire businesses, including support to become more energy efficient, cyber secure or grow the business.
Alongside the County Council, other partners on the programme include Bromsgrove District Council, Malvern Hills District Council, Redditch Borough Council, Worcester City Council, Wychavon District Council and Wyre Forest District Council.
For more information visit http://www.business-central.co.uk/locop/ or call 01905 677888.