The award winning Derby and Derbyshire Energy Efficiency Project (D2EE) has announced another series of grants to help local business reduce their energy bills by installing LED lighting

Energy efficiency grants totalling £29,000 have been awarded to Royal Crown Derby, Smiths of Derby Clocks and Hunters furniture store (pictured) to help them to reduce the cost of their energy bills and minimise their carbon emissions by installing efficient LED lighting and controls.

The project run by a partnership between Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council was recently announced as a winner at the 2018 East Midlands Energy Efficiency awards.

D2EE offers eligible small and medium sized businesses in Derby and Derbyshire advice and funding to help them become more energy efficient. The project is the only one of its kind in Derby and Derbyshire. The project team’s work with local businesses has resulted in lower energy costs, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved working conditions for employees. So far, the project’s interventions will allow local businesses to save at least 872 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Since the project launched in February 2017, the team of four have carried out 286 energy audits and awarded grants totalling £688,000 to 104 businesses across the city and county. The energy efficiency steps taken by business using the grant funding will save over £270,000 per year. The total investment in energy efficiency leveraged by the project so far totals £1,5 million. All businesses which are eligible for support receive a free energy audit, advisory report and up to 12 hours of free energy consultancy.

World-renowned clockmaker, Smith of Derby, was awarded a grant to assist with the next phase of their energy efficiency journey. The company has already installed solar voltaic panels to produce energy on-site, along with upgrading some lighting to LEDs. The D2EE grant covered 50% of the cost of upgrading lighting within the rest of the premises to LED, saving £5,300 and 42,655kWh of electricity per year.

Heather Whitworth, Director, Smith of Derby Group said:

Having recently applied for a grant to improve our lighting and energy efficiency with Derby City Council, we found the process and D2EE team to be extremely helpful.  In addition, the fitting engineers were professional and worked carefully around our shop floor and offices to minimise disruption to our business.”

Royal Crown Derby, fine bone china creators established in 1750, wanted to reduce their energy costs and following an audit and advice from the D2EE team, applied for a grant to upgrade lighting in one of their energy-intensive units to LED. This will save almost £5,000 and 43,000kWh of electricity per year.

Long established family run Hunters of Derby, a home furniture and interior retailer on Babington Lane, also successfully applied for a D2EE grant. They have upgraded all lighting within their premises to energy efficient LEDs, saving £11,222 and 114,628kWh of electricity per year.

Nina Sheard, Director, Hunters said:

“The D2EE grant has been beneficial to our business not only in energy savings but also in customer experience.  We expect payback from the project to be within 12 months, which in an environment of rising costs is very welcome.  The grant award has provided a catalyst for us to review our overall lighting scheme and has resulted in a better, more consistently lit store significantly improving the overall look of the business.”

Cllr Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said:

“We are delighted with the continued success of this project in helping many businesses reduce their energy bills. The team has done a fantastic job in providing information, support and equipment to cut energy consumption and carbon emissions. We will continue to support these initiatives that promote Derby as a great place for businesses.”

The D2 Energy Efficiency (D2EE) project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Project partners: University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.