Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Are you a small business who wants solar panels?

Lets face it it's a difficult time for small businesses at the moment - cautious consumers, inflation, fuel bills and big businesses more able to access cash.  The council can't deal with all of that, but we are doing what we can to help, and we're also my colleague, Paul Gittings has just announced a scheme for small businesses to benefit from solar panels.
Get your skates on though because you need to express interest by 22nd July

Full info including contact details are below.  




Small businesses in Reading can get free solar panels from Reading Borough Council.


The electricity generated by the panels will be provided free to the businesses, reducing their bills and their impact on the environment.

LoCus is using funding received through Reading's Local Strategic Partnership to offer the solar panels as part of a free package of support.

LoCus - themselves a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund - is able to give free advice and practical support to small and medium sized businesses on energy and money-saving measures.

The project helps all small businesses but specialises in rented commercial properties where both tenant and owner need to agree on changes to the building. That makes it the perfect opportunity for small business premises in rented premises to take advantage.

LoCus, which is based at Reading Borough Council, is actively looking for small businesses with south facing roofs who can take advantage of this offer. Expressions of Interest for the free solar panels need to be received by July 22nd.

Small and medium sized businesses who would like to know more can contact enquiries@locusproject.org.uk
or visit www.locusproject.org.uk

Councillor Paul Gittings, Lead Councillor for Environment and Climate Change, said 'Reading Borough Council takes tackling climate change seriously and that means reaching out and assisting all sectors of our community. LoCus is a great resource for Reading businesses looking for hands-on help to lower costs and realise revenues from carbon reduction.'