The Derby and Derbyshire Energy Efficiency Project (D2EE) has recently awarded over £50,000 in grant funding to seven local businesses so they can invest in energy efficiency improvements for their premises. It is expected that these grants will reduce the businesses’ energy bills by approximately £13,000 per year, which will save almost 57 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The project team, shared by Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, work closely with small and medium businesses across the city and county, helping them to reduce the cost of their energy bills by providing free energy consultancy and offering grants of up to £15,000 towards the costs of efficiency improvements.
Deylight Windows Ltd obtained a grant of £1,343 to make energy efficiency improvements to their compressor system and upgrade lighting to LEDs. TDP Ltd has been awarded £1,660 for the installation and commissioning of a new gas fired wall-mounted space heater.
Upgrading inefficient lighting is often a quick and easy win in terms of reducing energy bills. Penny Hydraulics Ltd was awarded £15,000, Esquire Glass (Manchester) Ltd received £9,402, Giltbrook Dyers and Cleaners Ltd was awarded £7,965 and Lindway Scaffolding Ltd achieved a grant of £3,500 towards the installation of LED lighting. Some businesses upgraded external lights as well as internal, and included motion and daylight sensors to generate further energy and cost savings.
Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy explained:“This project is actively supporting businesses to reduce their energy bills by providing them with the information, support and equipment to reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions. This project not only demonstrates our commitment to the low-carbon agenda but also makes Derby a great place for small and medium sized businesses.”
The project has already awarded grants of £14,375 to Sumed International (UK) Ltd towards solar panels and £11,000 to Tidyco Ltd for dimmable LED lighting with sensors. This takes the total grant investment by the project up to £75,500, with support and grants still available on a first-come, first-served basis.