Published date 21 January 2022

£1million for green innovation grants

People stood in front of new homes

£1 million of new investment is on offer to help the West go green, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has announced.

The latest cash is on offer to innovative local firms across the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire). Companies can apply for between £20,000 and £75,000 to research and test out their environmental ideas.

Local firm Clean Energy Prospector received a grant of £50,000 from a previous scheme. Speaking on a visit to the company's cutting-edge green energy project at Alderdown Close in, Kingsweston, Bristol, Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “There are thirty-three homes powered just by green energy here. That’s great for the planet and for people’s energy bills. I’m really keen to back green! As part of our drive to meet the region’s ambitious net-zero targets, I’m proud to announce £1 million of green innovation grants.”

Clean Energy Prospector's Managing Director Damon Rand explained to the Metro Mayor how they built a self-sufficient energy system linking together solar panels, heat pumps, battery storage and electric vehicle charging points across the community.  They are using all the data gathered to make the most of the clean energy generated. They also plan to pave the way to bigger and better energy efficient housing schemes.

Our Business Innovation Fund supports businesses from a wide range of sectors to help develop innovative products, processes and services, that not only fulfil market demand, but also deliver industrial growth. Research, development and innovation can help your business adapt for the future, get ahead of the competition, reach new customers, and create jobs.

Applications for the grant are now open. We can help fund research and development proposals that will lead to the creation of new products, processes and/or services that will ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information, and to apply, please visit our Business Innovation Fund page.

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