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Local companies get grants for energy saving

Two companies in Cheshire and Lancashire are among the many businesses benefitting from the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund.

Two companies in Cheshire and Lancashire are among the many businesses benefitting from the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund.

The Green Business Fund offers SMEs up to £10,000 capital contribution towards energy saving equipment.

The fund is available on a first come first served basis and can be used to purchase a range of equipment, including lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy efficient controls.

It is expected to support up to 2,000 SMEs across England, Scotland and Wales and leverage £55 million of investment in energy saving technologies.

Among the companies that have already benefitted is Runcorn-based plastics manufacturer Alma Products.

Lighting

The company manufactures thermoformed and printed containers and trays for the dairy and food packaging markets.

It received £10,000 towards its LED lighting upgrade, which is expected to save £30,000 on annual energy bills.

David Blundell, finance director at Alma Products, said: “Thanks to support from the Green Business Fund and the Carbon Trust, we were able to expand the scope of our LED lighting project to incorporate PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) controls and daylight harvesting.” 

Heating

Meanwhile, Sovereign Group, a manufacturer of bespoke windows and doors based in Nelson, received £2,700 to part-find the installation of a new heating controls system.

The web-enabled system helps the company to implement good housekeeping procedures such as an ‘optimised stop programme’ to gradually reduce the ambient temperature in the last hour of the working day.

The system is expected to deliver gas savings of £4,900 a year.

Applicants must have less than 250 employees to be eligible, and funding is currently limited to projects that pay back on initial investment in less than five years. For more information, click here.