COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Capital Grant

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Note: This scheme closed to applications at 5pm on Thursday 7 January 2021.

The Minister for the Economy has launched a new £500,000 COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Capital Grant (EECG) from Invest Northern Ireland

EECG helps businesses recover from COVID-19 and build resilience through green efficiency. It provides grant support for the installation of energy-efficient equipment that offers greater efficiency in the use of energy, providing cost savings and carbon savings.

EECG is open to existing Invest NI customers and businesses that can become an Invest NI customer.

The call for applications is open until 5pm Thursday 7 January 2021.

What is available?

Businesses can access up to a maximum grant of £80,000 to support 20% of eligible costs to purchase new energy efficiency equipment.

Eligible projects can use EECG to contribute toward the costs of energy-efficient technologies such as:

  • LED lighting system including LED luminaires, and lighting controls such as occupancy and daylight sensors.
  • Heating and cooling equipment including high-efficiency boilers, intelligent heating controls, heat recovery projects, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and refrigeration equipment.
  • Replacement drives or motors including variable speed drives (VSD) and high-efficiency motors.
  • Process insulation including extruder insulation and pipework insulation.
  • Renewable energy generation such as solar PV.
  • Other technologies such as high-efficiency compressors, energy storage, combined heat and power (CHP), building energy management systems (BEMS) and voltage optimisation.

The following will not be eligible for support:

  • Projects that solely meet compliance or other legislative energy efficiency requirements.
  • Projects that cover on-going software licensing costs.
  • In-house personnel costs associated with the project.
  • Transport-related projects, for example, relating to vehicles, charging points, etc.
  • Building fabric projects.
  • Equipment leasing or hire purchase agreements. A company is permitted to use company funds or other unsecured lending, but we do not permit other finance to be secured on the equipment.
  • Second-hand equipment.
  • Ancillary works or additional infrastructure works. For example, should premises need wiring to accommodate LED lighting, the costs associated with the wiring would not be eligible under this grant scheme. Eligible costs are the capital costs directly associated with the purchase, delivery, installation and commissioning of the equipment.
  • Projects where indirect energy savings occur as a result of process or material efficiency improvements. Where a project creates material savings, please contact Invest NI’s Energy and Resource Efficiency Team for information on the Resource Efficiency Capital Grant.
  • If funding from other support schemes or incentives, such as the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP), has already been granted for the project.

Eligibility

EECG is open to existing Invest NI customers and businesses that can become an Invest NI customer. You are eligible if:

  • Your business operation is based in Northern Ireland.
  • You are an Invest NI customer or can demonstrate you can meet the qualifying criteria of:
    • reaching a turnover of £250,000 per annum within 5 years;
    • achieving at least 25% of those sales outside of Northern Ireland.
  • Your project:
    • Demonstrates a simple financial payback (before any grant is applied) between one and six years through energy cost savings achieved on-site.
    • Has an eligible project spend of £4,000 and £400,000.
    • Demonstrates at least 10% carbon emissions savings.
  • You can fully implement your project, including the full installation of equipment, payment of costs in full and submission of your grant claim to Invest NI before 5pm on 19 March 2021.

How to apply

EECG is now open to applications and guidance notes (PDF, 658K) are available.

Your first step is to use the online eligibility checker to find out if you can apply for the grant.

You will need the following information to complete the online application form.

  • Your business information.
  • Detailed project information, including the purpose and benefits of your proposed project.
  • Accurate calculations of proposed energy savings using 12 months of typical energy consumption data for your specific project, and how energy consumption will reduce as a result of implementing the energy-efficient equipment.
  • Detailed project cost information.

You will need to provide electronically:

The maximum file size of each attached document is 20MB.

More information

If you have any enquiries about the COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Capital Grant, complete this enquiry form.

You can also call Invest NI’s Business Support Team on 0800 181 4422. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.


First published 24 November 2020