The D2EE (Derby and Derbyshire Energy Efficiency) project, a partnership between Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and the University of Derby, was launched in February and has already helped a number of small businesses in Derby and Derbyshire. The project team have been out and about across Derby and Derbyshire looking for energy saving opportunities and offering grants to help businesses to save money.

Derby City Council Team Leader, Gemma Sylva is pleased with progress so far and says

“The D2EE team have already received enquiries from almost 100 businesses, have carried out 35 energy audits and awarded two grants. Several more businesses are in the process of arranging quotes for grants to carry out recommended energy saving work. We’re thrilled at the interest in the project so far and we can’t wait to help more businesses become energy efficient!”

Diverse businesses

A diverse range of businesses have had energy surveys including office-based businesses, vegan marshmallow production, printing, cardboard case manufacture, brewing, medical equipment, textiles and engineering. A variety of measures have been recommended such as:

  • Replacing older style lighting with LED lights and motion/daylight sensors
  • Replacement compressors
  • Insulation
  • More efficient motors
  • Renewable energy systems

Fast payback time means increased profit

The team will identify energy saving measures which have quick pay back times and if the measures are supported with a D2EE grant, then the cost of works could be paid back in as little as 1-2 years. This means that businesses will gain maximum benefit and will have ongoing lower energy costs, which is particularly important as energy prices continue to rise.

Grants awarded

The first grant of £11,000 was approved for Tidyco Ltd in Derby to install LED lighting with daylight and motion sensors in their warehouse and offices. The installation of this lighting is due to be completed by 30th June and is expected to reduce their energy bills by £1,742 a year. A second grant of £14,375 for a 24kWp solar photovoltaic panel system for Sumed International Ltd in Glossop was agreed in April and the business has just completed installation in order to make the most of the summer sunshine, potentially saving around £2,519 in electricity costs per year.

Get in touch

The team are keen to help any small and medium sized businesses in Derby and Derbyshire. Grants are only available for those businesses which trade over 90% business to business.

To find out more visit the Derby City Council website.

The D2EE project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The project is receiving up to £4.6 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit the European Growth Funding website.