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Examples of businesses which have been awarded grants under the D2 Energy Efficiency project are shown below:
Integrex, based in South Derbyshire, designs and manufactures innovative, interactive electronic and IT products for education, retail and corporate sectors and provides interactive special needs educational and teaching tools to most of the educational authorities in the UK.
Integrex is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and already had a 30kWp solar panel system installed on the roof. The business decided to upgrade all lighting to LEDs, with daylight and occupancy sensors where appropriate.
Managing Director, Jonathan Portus was pleased to have received a grant from the D2EE project which meant he could replace all the lights at once:
I’m absolutely delighted that we received a D2 Energy Efficiency grant that allowed us to replace our very old and inefficient lighting with the latest low energy LED lighting. It would not have been realistic to change the entire lighting in the building without the grant and the overall energy saved and improved working conditions have benefited the business beyond our expectations."
Penny Hydraulics used a grant of £15,000 to install LED lighting across their site. This work is likely to halve their lighting cost and has brought a real improvement to working conditions in the factory.
I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved,” said Ashley Holmes, Finance Director. “In particular paint spraying and assembly has been made much easier and better due to the incredible improvement in light quality. The fact that there is also a large cost saving is a real bonus. The grant application went very smoothly and we were really happy to get the grant.”
Sumed International (UK) Ltd is a healthcare manufacturing business supplying products and services to help heal and maintain healthy skin. The company achieved ISO 14001 Environmental Systems accreditation last year and is constantly looking for ways to improve their carbon footprint.
Based in Hadfield, Glossop, Sumed International received a grant of £14,375 towards the cost of installing a 24kWp solar panel system, which has the potential to save the company over £2,500 per year in electricity costs.
"The D2 Energy Efficiency grant helped us to invest in banks of solar panels on the factory roof which will not only improve our environmental performance, but significantly reduce our energy costs. The D2EE team were very professional and helped us get things right,” says Mr Collyer. “I’d urge any businesses looking to reduce their energy bills to contact them.”
West Road House in Buxton is split into six office suites, managed by Scott Properties. Following investment in some LED lighting and insulation the landlord was interested in advice from the D2EE project about further energy efficiency improvements to the building. Following an audit, recommendations included replacing the remaining lighting with LED, which would save around 9,560kWh and around £1,100 per year. An evaluation of the potential for solar panels on the roof of the property was also carried out. Mandy Bromley from Scott Property was very pleased with the advice given:
Thank you so much for your detailed and concise energy report. The comparison you have done between the existing lighting and replacing it with LED is startling and is of great interest to us as both tenants and landlords. It is as they say a "no brainer".
We have decided not to apply for D2EE grant funding but instead upgrade the lighting and controls as and when the tenants renew their leases or the offices become vacant between lettings. This may take several years to complete but we have already, since receiving your report, put in place a replace with LED policy for any broken light bulbs and fittings. This approach suits our current tenants as it is less disruptive to their business.”
TDP manufactures and sells recycled plastic products. The company worked with D2EE Project Officer Tom Veitch to replace their space heater with a more efficient model. This was supported by a grant of £1,660 and will save around £137 per year. The new heater arrangement also freed up space on the factory floor enabling the work flow to be improved. Managing Director Rob Barlow was very pleased with the support from D2EE:
It was very easy to work with the team, response time was very good and everyone was helpful. Every stage of the application was explained in full, from identifying where we could improve our heating and also other areas, and help was provided when completing the forms. Once the work was undertaken it was a quick and easy process to claim the grant.
Cutting-edge LED lighting cuts costs
Tidyco is a Derby-based small business which manufactures and supplies Parker hydraulic and pneumatic components. In total, the company has invested £16,000 in the lighting upgrade, with two 50% match funded grants over three years from Derby City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. Each year, this investment will save Tidyco at least £4,000 and twelve tonnes of carbon emissions.
Tidyco has worked with Gemma Sylva and her D2 Energy Efficiency team at Derby City Council to improve our lighting and save on electrical costs while helping to also reduce our carbon footprint. The whole process from application to the completion of the project was quick and easy. Tidyco has a more efficient lighting system using 60% less energy so it’s win-win all round.” Philip Mason, Production Director.
The following examples are based on the BESPOKE project (2011-14) in Derby City and further demonstrate the scope of work that can be funded:
Insulated shutter door helps Aquaclean reduce draughts
Aquaclean Industrial Ltd received a grant of £4,130 towards the installation of an insulated roller shutter door and 9 LED strip and hi-bay lights. These measures saved £628 and two tonnes of carbon per year.
The company also chose to follow up on further energy audit recommendations to clean their skylights (reducing the need for lighting due to more natural light entering the building), and replace a propane gas heater with an electric radiant heater.
Baldwin & Moore Ltd received a grant of £4,032 towards the purchase and installation of a hand-fed wood burner. This wood burner has the added benefit of using the business’ waste wood as fuel. The wood burner replaces the need for kerosene and electric heating, and also provides extra heat for paint drying.
The wood burner will save £2,365 in energy costs per year, while reducing waste and heating the premises.
This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.