The first business to receive a grant through the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme was First Service Frozen Foods, an ice cream manufacturer based on the Harris Business Park in Stoke Prior.

First Service has already taken many steps over a number of years to reduce their environmental impact and high electricity usage.

However, due to the cooling requirements for ice cream, their electricity usage remained high. Installing a solar PV array to generate their own electricity was therefore a logical next step, and the firm were delighted when the opportunity to apply for a grant towards the capital cost of the system was offered.

The business was able to install a 24 kWp solar array, with a total of 96 solar panels installed. The system will save £2,250 and 8 tonnes of carbon per year. The business received a grant of just under £10,000 towards the cost of the system.

This grant was funded by the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme, which is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Wayne Sambidge, from First Service, commented, “The Low Carbon Opportunities Program is our fourth grant through Worcestershire CC and was the easiest to apply for. Applying for the grant really couldn’t have been any easier following our initial meeting with Ruth and Don who assisted us with the application and then through to us receiving our grant acceptance. Due to receiving our grant acceptance our installation plans were revised as we were able to increase from 48 to 96 255W panels. Installation has now been completed and Caplor Energy, our chosen partners, who I highly recommend, were fantastic updating us at every stage of the process. The installation process only took 6 days. Following payment from us to Caplor and us claiming our grant funding it only took 2 weeks to receive the funding which should further appeal to anyone applying.”

For more information about the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme, go to Worcestershire County Council.

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