Presently, we are becoming more knowledgeable of the adverse effects businesses can have upon our environment. To combat this, many local councils and private foundations are offering grants for companies who integrate energy management software into their business.
What is Energy Management Software?
Energy management software (EMS) refers to applications which may provide real-time metering, carbon and sustainability reporting, utility bill tracking, building HVAC and lighting control systems, and/or other energy reviews. Energy management software systems collect real-time interval data from devices by use of interval smart meters. In addition to this, these systems report data on energy consumption, track trend analysis, and also allow users to engage with the data to identify cost-saving opportunities. Not only does this allow companies to cut costs, but it also reduces carbon emissions, promoting a greener economy.
What grants are available?
Many small to medium sized businesses are embracing energy management software to keep their company green and on budget. Luckily, a number of national and local funding opportunities have been created to offset the costs that come with implementing this technology into a business. Most of these funding opportunities are in the form of a grant. Small to medium sized businesses can apply for these grants before implementing their energy management project. Below is a list of current available funding opportunities in the U.K.
List of Available Grants:
Smart Energy Savings (SENS) competition
The SENS competition aims to develop and trial innovative feedback products and services that use smart meter data, to help domestic customers reduce their energy consumption.
Power Forward Challenge
Through the Power Forward Challenge, the UK and Canada are jointly offering over £11 million to develop the best smart energy systems, including grids and storage, for the needs of the 21st Century, supporting the UK Industrial Strategy Clean Growth Grand Challenge around smart systems for the future. https://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/power-forward
Flexibility Exchange Demonstration Projects: FleX Competition
This competition is looking for innovative and replicable flexibility exchange solutions which provide marketplaces for multiple flexibility products, offered by multiple providers (sellers) of flexibility to multiple buyers. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flexibility-exchange-demonstration-projects-flex-competition
Storage at Scale Competition
This competition is looking for innovative, replicable solutions which could provide a market competitive alternative to conventional commercial large scale energy storage technologies for example pumped-hydro or batteries (such as lithium ion, lead acid or sodium-sulphur). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/storage-at-scale-competition
Smart Energy Savings (SENS) Competition
The Smart Energy Savings (SENS) competition will support the development, trialling, in addition to the evaluation of innovative feedback products and services that use smart meter data to help domestic consumers reduce their energy consumption. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smart-energy-savings-sens-competition
Business Energy Efficiency Anglia
Fixed Value £1000 grants are available to support any business to implement energy saving measures. Approval will be based on being able to demonstrate sufficient associated energy savings. http://www.beeanglia.org/grant-funding/
Business Energy Efficiency Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough
BEECP has a pot of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to enable eligible small and medium sized businesses to invest in capital projects and implement energy efficiency measures. The maximum grant available is £20,000 or 25% of eligible project costs (whichever is the smaller), the minimum grant offered is £1,000. https://www.beecp.org/about-bee
Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire
The programme aims to help Greater Lincolnshire more energy efficient until March 2021. Grants for businesses could be offered of up to 38% of the cost of making changes to make businesses more energy efficient. https://www.businesslincolnshire.com/explore/funding/search/smart-energy-greater-lincolnshire/
Energy Efficiency Grants for East Sussex Businesses
The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC is administering a grant scheme funded by East Sussex County Council designed to help businesses reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. An SME may apply for a grant of up to £1000 to cover a maximum 40% of the total value of their energy efficiency project through the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC. http://sustainablebusiness.org.uk/energy-efficiency-grants-east-sussex/
Low Carbon Workspaces
Open to businesses in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the Black Country, Low Carbon Workspaces is offering grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to fund energy efficient initiatives such as LED lighting and controls as well as Smart heating and cooling controls. https://www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk/
Utilise Plus Programme
Eligible small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover up to one-third of the cost of energy efficiency projects. http://sustainablebusiness.org.uk/utilise-plus-programme/energy-efficiency-grants/
Agri-Tech Cornwall And Isles Of Scilly Innovation Grants
The Agritech Innovation Grants are managed and administered by Cornwall Development Company. These grants range from £2,500 to £50,000 and are available for eligible small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and can be used towards the cost of a range of Research, Development and Innovation and (RD&I) activities. https://www.agritechcornwall.co.uk/our-partners/cornwall-development-company/
Grant funding up to £20,000 can be awarded to improve your business performance and profitability. The grant will form up to 40% of the cost of your eligible project, with the remainder matched by your business. https://locase.co.uk/partners-and-services/
Low Carbon SME Grants
Funding opportunities are made available through ERDF grants. Approval is based on being able to demonstrate sufficient associated energy savings. Grants are available with a value of up to £12,250. The maximum intervention rate is 50%. For example, the total project expenditure must be a minimum of £6,000 to receive a £3,000 grant. http://www.smelowcarbon.co.uk/services/low-carbon-grants/
Low Carbon Workspaces Energy Cashback
Low Carbon Workspaces is offering £1,000 Cashback when you spend over £2,000 on energy-efficiency projects before end March 2019. Projects should result in a quantifiable carbon saving. Eligible projects include: LED lighting, heating/cooling upgrades, insulation, in addition to energy-efficient servers and printers. https://www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk/energycashback/
Leeds Enterprise Partnership Resource Efficiency Fund
LEP is offering Leeds based businesses with free efficiency assessments, hands-on business support and up to 50% capital grant funding of up to £10,000 to help SMEs looking to become more resource efficient in the way they do business. https://www.the-lep.com/for-business/energy-efficiency-(1)/resource-efficiency-fund/
Low Carbon Growth Support
Low Carbon Growth Support is offering support in the form of grant funding to help you purchase energy efficient equipment, from suppliers of your choice, to reduce your energy consumption and costs with grants of up to £25,000 available towards approximately 40% of your purchase costs. https://www.lowcarbonbcgbs.co.uk/grants
LCR Future Energy
LCR Future Energy is offering businesses in the Liverpool City Region a 30% grant contribution up to £7,500 is available to help fund the cost of external expertise to help SMEs to develop products, systems and processes required by the market. Examples include, IP, quality assurance in addition to marketing. http://www.lcrfutureenergy.com/lcr-future-energy/
D2 Energy Efficiency Audits and Grants
Derby SMEs can apply for grants of up to £15,000 towards the cost of energy efficiency measures in their premises (the grant can cover up to 65% of the cost of the work). This could include more efficient lighting, insulation, heating/cooling systems, compressors, motors, and process equipment. https://www.derby.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/climate-change-and-energy-management/d2ee/
Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme
Coventry City Council is offering eligible businesses grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 to fund up to 40% of the cost of installing energy efficiency measures. http://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/240/coventry_and_warwickshire_green_business_programme/2972/coventry_and_warwickshire_green_business_programme/3
Greener Business Grant
Eligible West Suffolk businesses can apply for up to £1000 to fund capital works designed to improve business environmental performance. http://www.greensuffolk.org/assets/Greenest-County/Business/Funding/Green-Business-Grant-2016.pdf