A new scheme has been launched to help businesses across the Marches meet the cost of switching to Green energy.
The Marches Renewable Energy Grant Scheme can help small and medium sized enterprises across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin get a 50 per cent grant towards installing renewable energy sources.
Project manager Adrian Marshall said grants would be awarded only for new installations under the scheme, which is being managed by Herefordshire Council and supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.
Mr Marshall said the scheme had been designed to be as straightforward as possible and covered a range of renewable technologies including wind power, solar energy, air-sourced heat pumps, ground-sourced energy supplies and biomass.
“This grant scheme offers a real opportunity for businesses across the region to switch to sustainable and renewable energy supplies by meeting half the cost of installing these new technologies on their premises.
“There is no maximum grant, but installations are expected to be in the range of 4 to 200kWp. Eligible applicants include statutory and non-statutory public funded organisations/bodies, Higher and Further Education institutions, voluntary community organisations, private sector companies and not-for-profit organisations.”
Gill Hamer, director of the Marches LEP, said the scheme would help the Marches meet its ambitions to increase the use of renewable and green energy sources. “This scheme offers real financial help to businesses across our region to plan for the future by making their energy supply as sustainable and efficient as possible,” she said.
The first grant award has already been made to Frank H. Dale Ltd of Leominster. The major structural steelwork fabricator received a 50% grant award for roof mounted solar panels to help reduce energy costs and the environmental footprint at the company’s new state of the art production facility in the town.
Director, Steven Dale, said: “Our business sector has extremely tight margins and therefore any gains that can be found like this are worth a lot both in competitiveness and help with investment. We see the fact that this particular investment also reduces our carbon footprint as a real positive.”
Councillor Trish Marsh, Herefordshire Council Cabinet member for Environment, Economy and Skills, said: “I am delighted that Herefordshire companies and organisations are able to benefit from the Marches Renewable Energy project which forms part of the council’s commitment to combatting climate change and working towards a zero carbon economy.”
The scheme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is now inviting expressions of interest from companies, who must be based within the Marches area.
If you would like your renewable energy installation to be considered for grant support from MarRe, you should complete the expression of interest form and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership
- The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is driving accelerated economic growth through investment in innovation, higher level skills, housing and business sites across the region. It aims to deliver 70,000 homes and 40,000 jobs by 2031
- The Marches region, which includes Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, is a dynamic business region where entrepreneurs flourish alongside global players. Covering 2,300 sq miles and with a growing population of 666,700, it is home to 29,800 businesses and a £12.3 billion economy
- Bordered by the West Midlands to the east and Wales to the west, the Marches’ key centres of population and employment are the city of Hereford and thriving towns of Shrewsbury and Telford. A network of 25 smaller market towns and a large rural area make up the rest of the settlement mix – with the Marches recognised as being one of the most enterprising regions in the UK
- High profile businesses which have chosen to base operations here include BAE Defence Systems; GKN; Westons Cider; Grainger & Worrall; Stadco; Caterpillar; Mϋller Dairy UK, Doncasters Aerospace, Denso, Capgemini, Ricoh, Cargill, Heineken, Grocontinental, McConnels, Kerry Ingredients, Special Metals, Kingspan and Makita
- The Marches is also home to centres of excellence and institutions which promote and foster the transfer of knowledge including Harper Adams University and its National Centre for Precision Farming, University Centre Shrewsbury, the University of Wolverhampton campus and e-innovation centre at Priorslee, and Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury
- The designated Enterprise Zone of the Marches LEP is in Hereford, at Skylon Park. It is the only Enterprise Zone in England with a unique defence and security sector focus, drawing on the city’s heritage as the home of the SAS
- The LEP area is home to some iconic places of interest. The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, the Shropshire Hills and the Wye Valley Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Offa’s Dyke, the rivers Severn and Wye, and places of national renown including Ludlow and Ross-on-Wye make it a highly popular place to both visit and relocate to
- The Marches has a diverse business base and is recognised for its sector strength in advanced manufacturing and engineering; agri-food and drink; automotive and defence & security
- Business support in the Marches is offered via the Marches Growth Hub, a business-friendly website at marchesgrowthhub.co.uk and helpline on 0345 6000 727, developed by the LEP
- You can learn more about the Marches LEP at marcheslep.org.uk and contact the LEP by emailing email@example.com
About the Midlands Energy Hub
The Midlands Energy Hub will support the implementation of the Energy Strategies by:
- Sharing knowledge and experience gained on energy projects across the Midlands region
- Identification of energy projects that will facilitate the decarbonisation of the region
- Assistance with research, business cases and feasibility studies
- Facilitation of meetings and dissemination of information across departments and agencies