A Herefordshire business has benefited from the first Business Energy Efficiency Programme, set up to help lower running costs and promote energy efficiency.
Caplor Energy, based in Fownhope, is the first business in the county to be awarded the grant. The company was awarded £12,236 for an innovative energy storage project to capture energy from its solar panels.
Mel Preedy, business manager at Caplor Energy, said:
"We are excited to have been awarded the energy efficiency grant, which will enable us to install a battery system to utilise even more of our solar-produced power.
"Caplor invites any businesses interested in lowering their energy bills and making a sustainable energy choice to get in touch, so we can walk you through the technology we have installed at our site in Herefordshire".
Herefordshire Council along with its partners Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, Worcestershire County Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and the Worcestershire districts were awarded £1.45 million funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government's European Regional Development Fund to help small and medium-sized businesses.
Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet member for infrastructure, said:
"Being energy and resource efficient is more important than ever, and this is fantastic news for local rural businesses and for the environment.
"I would encourage all businesses to look into the Business Energy Efficiency Programme, both to benefit from the support available and to consider ways in which they can be more energy efficient and reduce their costs."
For more information visit www.business-central.co.uk/beep or call 01905 677888.
Photo caption l-r: Mel Preedy (business manager) and Alan Warren (sales surveyor) from Caplor Energy.