£4.15m Open Call for Innovative Energy Projects

Businesses and organisations are being encouraged to bid for more than £4m of Local Growth Fund (LGF) grants to be awarded by Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to support the delivery of its Low Carbon Action Plan.

The LEP’s Energy and Clean Growth Strategy has set out a series of longer term outcomes and aspirations which support specific low carbon and energy issues and opportunities and short term interventions in Cheshire and Warrington.

The strategy also supports the Cheshire Science Corridor as a premier location for energy related investment and champions the region as a location for the development of advanced modular reactor technology. It also addresses skills issues in the energy sector to develop capability for the future and identifies potential programmes to support SMEs to enter the nuclear supply chain.

The Energy fund will be divided across three priority themes – £1m to support SME resource efficiency in the transition to the low carbon economy by helping to gap fund energy efficiency improvements; £2.15m for smart networks and whole-place energy solutions, including smart electricity and heat networks, integrating low carbon transport solutions and energy storage and balancing; and £1m to support innovation and technology development.

Philip Cox, chief executive of Cheshire & Warrington LEP, said: “Energy and Clean Growth is a key theme in our strategic economic plan for the region and one of the Grand Challenges set out in the national Industrial Strategy.

“Our Energy sector is of national significance and we boast one of the largest groupings of energy intensive industries in the UK with particular expertise in nuclear and an enviable track record of industry-led innovation.

“Like all regions though we have energy challenges, non-domestic, transport and domestic and in collaboration with industry and key public sector partners, we must deliver affordable energy and clean growth making the most of our industrial and academic expertise and working with other areas to maximise the opportunities for growth.

“This open call for projects which fit with our priorities is a key part of our strategy and we are particularly interested in bids for projects that are strategic, link to other schemes and initiatives, help to reduce carbon emissions, improve profitability of businesses and that are able to secure a significant private sector contribution.”

All project bids should fit with the priories of the Energy and Clean Growth Strategy. Anyone interested in bidding for funds should complete and return an application form, no later than 12.00 28th September 2018, The application form and further information are available to download at: http://www.871candwep.co.uk/latest-news/energy-fund-application-guidance/