Helping businesses to become more energy efficient to cut costs and carbon
The ENE Grant Scheme is now closed to new grant applicants.
If you would like to be added to the waiting list to see if funding becomes available again, please email [email protected] with the your name, contact details and an indication of the nature and value of your proposed project.
The Eastern New Energy project aims to build a stronger Local Energy and Low Carbon Economy in the East of England. It will achieve this by providing support to a range of individuals and organisations, and by understanding and addressing the barriers to the decarbonization of communities, buildings, transport, and lives.
PECT’s role is to provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses, to help catalyse capital investments in energy efficiency initiatives. The long-term organisational benefits to participating businesses include reduced operating costs, increased competitiveness, business growth and resilience.
The project is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Eastern New Energy project is led by the University of East London, with a wider partnership comprising 23 organisations.
What support is available?
The project is offering capital grants to help qualifying businesses improve energy efficiency and/or reduce carbon emissions. Support is available from the summer of 2020 until mid 2022 (subject to grant availability).
– Minimum grant is £1,000
– The minimum project value is £4,000
– The intervention rate will be up to 25% – exact value of the grant awarded will be based on the cost (£) per tonne of carbon saved.
Eligibility – who can we help?
The project is offering assistance to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Hertfordshire. A detailed list of the Local Authority areas covered by Eastern New Energy is available upon request.
The project is offering support to SMEs with a focus on high end energy users (1,000,000+kWh per annum). There are eligibility criteria that your business will need to meet and the project is unable to support businesses from certain sectors including (but not limited to); fisheries or aquaculture, agriculture or the processing of agricultural products, synthetic fibres, banking and insurance, healthcare, and school age education.
Eligibility – what can we fund?
ENE grants are only available to support capital projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions and projects must meet a minimum value for money threshold which measures the estimated carbon saving against the amount of grant funding being requested.
This means that not all projects will be eligible for funding support.
Examples of projects we will typically support, subject to sufficient energy savings, include LED lighting, solar PV installations, variable speed drives and infrared heating.
There are a number of technologies that the ENE grant scheme does not fund including gas fuelled heating projects, building fabric work, such as insulation or windows, and air conditioning systems.
ENE does not fund the purchase of electric vehicles or charging points. However, you can find information about the Workplace Charging Scheme here Workplace Charging Scheme: guidance for applicants – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Potential applicants should always check their chosen technology is eligible for support before they start the application process.
Opportunities for low carbon suppliers and installers
If you are a supplier or installer of low carbon technologies within the region and would like to be kept up to date with the ENE Grant Scheme, please email [email protected]
The ENE Grant Scheme team will then add you to our contact database, invite you to an introductory briefing session about the Grant Scheme; and ensure you receive our e-bulletin every 4-6 weeks.
current tender opportunities
The Eastern New Energy Programme aims to build a stronger Local Energy and Low Carbon Economy in Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. As part of this ambition, the programme will provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses, to help catalyse capital investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
Prior to grant funding being approved, applicants with a project of £25,000 or more must complete an open tender process to select their preferred supplier.
The table below provides links to tender opportunities currently being run by applicants to the ENE Grant Scheme.
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*This information is provided for your reference, PECT, the University of East London and other ENE Delivery Partners are in no way involved with the tender process and you should direct all communications directly to the organisation concerned.
Limoncello (Cambridge) Ltd
“We’d been told the grant application could be quite difficult, but we found it to be straightforward. The ENE grants team provided clear instructions and guidelines, in a friendly, informative manner. We are now on our way to reducing our CO2 emissions and running costs.”
Glen Farrow UK Ltd
”I am very happy with the ENE Grant application process. It was very straightforward and the Grants team helped with any issues or queries that we had. As a result, 266 solar panels were installed on our building in efforts to become more carbon neutral. I would highly recommend the ENE Grant to any business.”
Moussa Direct Ltd
“The ENE grants team took all the pain out of the application process with clear instructions delivered in a friendly, informative manner. The company has already started saving on operating costs coupled with a reduction in CO2 emissions.”
“The process to apply for a grant was simple and straightforward. Clear instructions and advice were given at every stage to ensure a smooth path for our project to be completed.”
Dunhams Washroom Systems
“Throughout the whole process we found ENE exceptionally helpful, professional, and very easy to deal with.”
“The ENE grant enabled us to invest in LED lighting at our site in East Cambridgeshire. We have improved light levels and are already seeing significant cost savings, we are delighted to have taken positive steps to reduce our carbon emissions as well. The ENE Grant team were very supportive and helped ensure the grant application process was easily navigated.”
find out more
The Eastern New Energy project is led by the University of East London, with a wider partnership comprising 23 organisations.
The PECT project team brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. The organisation previously supported over 270 businesses and identified £1,400,000 of cost savings and 6,500 tonnes of carbon savings that could be realised through recommended actions, through the Business Energy Efficiency programme.
The Eastern New Energy project is receiving up to £5,127,158 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.
Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support research and innovation, small to medium sized enterprises, create jobs, supporting local community regenerations and the creation of a low carbon economy.
If you are a small or medium sized business who would like to find out more about receiving a grant, call 01733 882549 or email [email protected]
Find out more at www.easternnewenergy.org.