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Energy efficiency grants available for SMEs

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) has launched round two of the grant scheme to help small and micro businesses become greener as part of their commitment to reaching net zero emissions by 2030.

Carbon cutting grants worth up to £2,500 will be made available to businesses with up to nine employees to help fund energy reduction and net-zero transition projects.

There are many ways in which businesses can reduce their carbon footprint, from reducing waste by re-using and recycling to limiting energy use at night and replacing fuel-powered vehicles with electric cars and bikes.

Businesses will need to undertake eligible projects to claim back what they have spent, capped at £2,500.

Examples of eligible projects that could be funded through the grant scheme are:

• Heating or lighting controls installation
• Replacement of equipment to more energy efficient equipment
• Replacing traditional lightbulbs with LED lighting
• Waste segregation solutions
• New more efficient glazing
• Reuse and recycle projects
• Repairs cafes
• Staff training
• Carbon offsetting
• Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

As the scheme is being made available through the Hinkley Point C development contributions for business support funding, applications from businesses within the West Somerset locality of Somerset West and Taunton will be prioritised. Applications will close March 28.

Businesses in Somerset West and Taunton can apply by clicking on the link below. Please read the eligibility criteria and guidance carefully before applying:

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