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press release29/08/2011

Renewable energy support for businesses

Ceredigion County Council has established a programme to help micro enterprises earn money from renewable energy.

With funding drawn down from the European Commission’s Rural Development Programme via the Welsh Government, the Council has procured the services of the Severn Wye Energy Agency to deliver business energy support services, in partnership with local delivery agent ecodyfi.

The programme, called ‘Ynni i Ffynnu: Renewable energy for business growth’, will provide more than 200 small businesses with on-site energy audits. The resulting reports will identify appropriate renewable energy solutions, to generate on-going revenue streams for the businesses concerned.

A new incentive scheme introduced by the Government will make many of these proposals viable. It guarantees premium rates for most types of green energy production, whether it is used on site or exported. Rates are guaranteed for up to 25 years, are tax free, and are index-linked.

The reports will also highlight a range of energy saving measures that can be adopted. In addition, Severn Wye and ecodyfi will establish a network of locally based accredited installers, thereby supporting the aim of developing the local economy.

Mike Brain of Severn Wye commented, “With the recent introduction of the Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive, there has never been a better time for businesses to take advantage of the free support available. This is a golden opportunity for small businesses in Ceredigion to not only reduce their expenditure on energy but also to generate long-term revenue from the production of on-site energy.”

The project will officially launch in September and run through until November 2013. It has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Apart from farm and forestry enterprises, any business with fewer than 10 employees and a turnover of less than £1.75 million may be eligible for this support and should contact ecodyfi on 01654 703965 or visit the website at

Further information:

Andy Rowland, ecodyfi Manager - 01654 703965; 07866 961851

Owen Callender, Severn Wye Energy Agency: 01452 835083

Mike Brain, Severn Wye Energy Agency: 01452 835060

Editor’s notes:

Headline explanation of FITS, click here

Renewable Heat Incentive, click here

Ecodyfi, click here

Severn Wye Energy Agency, click here