Tees Valley SME Energy Efficiency

Business, Local Gov't • Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and more...

Providing SMEs in Tees Valley with fully-funded energy efficiency advice and grants to reduce energy use, cut emissions and save money.

  • Energy Efficiency in The Waiting Room through Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Peters Spares Model Railways Ltd

Our story

The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, and is delivered by technical specialists Narec Distributed Energy.

The SME Energy Efficiency Scheme (SMEES) is part of the support on offer from Tees Valley Business, which is the Local Growth Hub for the Tees Valley established by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority.

A comprehensive onsite energy efficiency and renewable audit helps businesses to identify ways to save energy and money in their day-to-day operations.

What's more, businesses with an idea for a project which would result in significant carbon savings could be eligible for a grant to claim back up to 45% of the upfront capital costs.

Example projects could include the installation of LED lighting, the upgrading to heat pumps or investments in renewable energy sources.

Local businesses can also access informative online factsheets and explainer videos to discover some of the most common energy efficiency and renewable improvements. This runs alongside regular CIBSE approved Continued Professional Development workshops on Easy Ways to Reduce Your Energy Costs and Environmental Impact.

Our advice

The programme started during the first lockdown so the the online videos were a really useful way of engaging with SMEs.

Our metrics

Number of SMEs engaged with; (192)
Training sessions delivered;
Requests for advice;
Free energy audits delivered; (167)
Level of grant aid provided; (£735,109)

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Updated Feb, 2024

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