Following a site visit from a BEE advisor and detailed analysis of half hourly data, a number of priority measures were suggested that would generate the most significant financial and carbon savings.
Cambridge Sensotec subsequently submitted a grant application to BEE towards the costs of upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting and controls and extensive insulation work on the roof of their building.
The grant facilitated £24,000 of investment in LED lighting and roof insulation work, and they were successful in securing just under £6,000 contribution towards project costs.
The improvements are expected to realise £1,800 in cost savings and reduce carbon emissions by 9.63 tonnes, as well as enhancing the working environment for employees.
Commenting on receiving the grant, Dr Mark Swetnam, Managing Director at Cambridge Sensotec Ltd said, “The BEE grant money allowed Sensotec to move forward with a full LED lighting upgrade and provide new thermal insulation on the factory roof. These energy saving upgrades would not have been considered without the financial assistance from the BEE. Apart from the fact we now live in a brighter and warmer building, our energy bills have noticeably decreased. Overall the grant application process was one of the more simple and straight forward ones to be involved with and we are grateful for the support we have received.”
Since the Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme launched in Spring 2017, the programme has supported over 170 SMEs, identifying cost savings of over £1.1million and potential carbon reductions of over 5,900tonnes.
Using funding secured from the European Regional Development Fund, BEE offers a free audit service to help small and medium sized enterprises identify energy saving opportunities. Businesses who look to invest in capital projects to improve energy efficiency can access a grant scheme offering up to £20,000 in financial support.
Grant funding is available for a number of measures including; LED Lighting; Heating & Cooling; Insulation; Solar PV & Battery Storage; and Electric Vehicles.
The project is being delivered by the environmental charity PECT, in partnership with Nwes.