Energy Hub: Support for Green Energy projects

The Solent is part of the South West Energy Hub set up in late 2018. They work with organisations and communities across the South West and the Solent region, to identify, develop and implement low carbon energy projects.

The energy hub is one of five that have been established across England, funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. For the wider South West, the West of England Combined Authority is the lead partner in the project and hosts the energy hub team.

The South West Hub covers seven Local Enterprise Partnership areas including the Solent.

They provide free expert advice and support to get energy projects started. Supporting options appraisals, feasibility studies, business cases, planning applications, and financing.

Rural Community Energy Fund

The South West Energy Hub manages the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF); it provides grants to cover feasibility studies and development costs for community renewable energy projects in rural areas. Grants of up to £40,000 are available at the feasibility stage. Further development funding of £100,000 is on offer for projects with a high chance of success.

Read examples of projects they have supported in the Solent area:

Southampton City Council Clean Growth Fund
Community Transport on Isle of Wight
Why would my business want to be greener?

By combining compliance issues with energy efficient measures that conserve the earth’s resources, a business can become more efficient, and reduce their overall costs.

How to get involved?

SMEs can take action by signing up, and in doing so will be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. Join governments, businesses, cities, regions, and universities around the world that share the same mission.

What Business Support is available?

In an ever changing landscape and environment, making your business environmentally friendly has never been so important. Here we set out examples of the support that is available, how can you access funding and advice to help you adopt sustainable practices and become greener.

How we are supporting a Greener Solent

We set out our own commitment to improving the environmental well-being of the Solent in our Assurance Framework in section 2.4 – in it we state that we are committed to ensuring that our activity is sustainable.

Timeline

Key dates of national and regional steps towards Net Zero

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