The ENE project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. 

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What is the Grant Scheme?

Eastern New Energy aims to help build a stronger Local Energy / Low Carbon Economy in the East of England. It will provide support to a range of local activity. As well as the project's impartial energy efficiency, generation, and storage support, it will provide discretionary grants to catalyse investment in energy initiatives by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The support and grants are designed to encourage SMEs to invest to reduce carbon emissions and realise the associated business benefits of reduced operating costs and long-term resilience. Support will be available until late 2021, subject to availability and on a first come, first serve basis.

Enquire now with PECT or UEL.

Who can apply?

The project is offering assistance to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with a focus on high end energy users (1,000,000+ kWh per annum). Smaller energy users can be considered. There are eligibility criteria that organisations will need to meet. Further information on the Eastern New Energy eligibility criteria is available upon request.

However, if the following 4 statements are TRUE an organisation is usually eligible for support: 

1. Other organisations own less than 25% of the shares or voting rights of the applicant organisation and the applicant organisation owns less than 25% of the shares or voting rights of another organisation. If this is not the case, the applicant organisation is 'linked' to one or more organisations, but we should still be able to help if 2-5 are TRUE.
2. Your organisation is an enterprise engaged in economic activity in England.
3. For the last 3 years, your organisation plus any 'linked' organisations have employed fewer than 250 FTE staff and have either a) an annual turnover not exceeding £40 million or b) an annual balance sheet total not exceeding £35 million.
4. In the past 3 years, your organisation plus any 'linked' organisations have received less than €200,000 (approximately £178,000 at July 2020) worth of publicly funded assistance (for example, support, grants, or reliefs).

The project is unable to support businesses from certain sectors including (but not limited to):

  • Fisheries or aquaculture
  • Agriculture or the processing of agricultural products
  • Synthetic fibres
  • Banking & insurance
  • Healthcare
  • School age education 

How can we support your application?

Where needed eligible organisations can receive fully funded support to help them identify and quantify the potential impacts of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments through an Energy Efficiency Review designed to support a Grant Application to the Eastern New Energy SME Grant Scheme (this may be provided by another delivery strand of the programme). This support comprises;

  • Site Visit - an on-site review to help identify, prioritise, and quantify opportunities for cost and carbon savings for businesses.
  • Written Report - A full written report will be provided; the advisor will also look to identify potential solutions and products that can help.
  • Additional support - Will be available to help businesses facilitate specific solutions and products, with detailed feasibility studies as required.
  • Capital Grants - Qualifying businesses may be able to apply for a capital grant - the key criteria are as follows;
  • Grants are only available to support capital projects to improve energy efficiency and/ or reduce carbon emissions (see next section for eligible project list)
  • Minimum grant is £1,000 and Maximum grant is £60,000
  • The minimum project value is £4,000
  • The intervention rate will be up to 25% - exact value of the grant awarded will be based on the cost (£) per tonne of carbon saved.
  • The project cannot retrospectively fund initiatives that have already been commissioned, paid for in full or in part or otherwise definitively initiated before a formal offer of a grant has been received and accepted.
  • All successful grant awards are paid retrospectively - so businesses will have to cover 100% of the total project costs before claiming your grant - grants are only paid upon the submission of a grant claim form and the required supporting evidence.
  • Equipment must be procured outright - we are unable to support projects where equipment is being leased

What kind of projects can be funded?

The list below details both the technologies that are eligible for funding support and those that are ineligible for grant funding. Potential applicants should always check their chosen technology is eligible for support before they start the application process as the list may vary depending on guidelines. If you are unsure, contact us!

Eligible Technologies

  • Solar PV (plus battery storage)
  • Solar PV (plus private wire)
  • Lighting replacement (LED)
  • Zonal controls; heating controls
  • Radiant heating (electric only)
  • Boiler replacement (including Air, Ground and Water Source Heat Pumps - not condensing gas boilers)
  • Installation of or upgrading of building management systems
  • Motor replacement
  • Upgrading existing motors with variable speed drives
  • Installation of CHP systems
  • Upgrading of process equipment
  • Power quality improvement (power factor correction, harmonic suppression, upgrading to low loss transformers).


Ineligible Technologies

  • Efficient boilers (gas fired condensing boiler ineligible, but controls can be supported)
  • HVAC (replacement)
  • HVAC (heat recovery)
  • Air conditioning
  • Insulation (loft or cavity wall)
  • Double or Triple Glazing
  • Non-LED lighting
  • Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Electric Commercial Vehicles (e.g. vans, trucks)

For more information please contact Antony Gough at PECT at or UEL at

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