Leicester Mercury

100 firms helped to go greener with grants

- Greenbelle.org.uk

MORE than 100 businesses have received grants totalling more than £550,000 for energy efficiency improvemen­ts.

The Green BELLE project offers up to £7,000 to small and medium-sized businesses to help cover the cost of work on their premises.

So far, a total of £552,394 of grant support has been provided to 101 businesses in the city and county.

It is estimated this has resulted in carbon savings equivalent to the usage of 280 typical homes.

Grants can be used as support measures, such as installing efficient heating systems, low-energy lighting, insulation, or solar PV panels.

Awards cover up to half of the total costs, with the remaining amount required from the business.

Deputy mayor for environmen­t and transporta­tion Councillor Adam Clarke said: “These grants give small and medium-sized businesses the chance to become more energyeffi­cient and save money on their running costs.

“We have ambitious plans to help make Leicester a carbon-neutral and climate-adapted city by 2030.

“The Green BELLE scheme is a really good way to welcome more firms on board and show them that becoming more energy efficient is good for business and for the city.”

Green BELLE is run by Leicester City Council’s sustainabi­lity service with support from Leicesters­hire County Council. It is part-funded through the European Regional Developmen­t Fund.

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