Agri and large scale rural businesses in The Marches are being urged to take advantage of a new government fund to support low carbon projects.
Up to £1.5 million is available through the fund, with a minimum award of £500,000. Projects must cover The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership Area.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), together with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions, and the Rural Payments Agency, is calling for applications to be submitted for projects that will support a shift towards a low carbon economy.
Examples of eligible projects include the production and distribution of renewable energy, supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including public buildings and the housing sector, and promoting research and innovation in low carbon technologies.
Gareth Lay, associate at Bruton Knowles in Shrewsbury, said: “Large farmers and agri businesses shouldn’t ignore this funding. It’s better to accept the carrot when it comes to managing carbon, rather than the stick, and take advantage of the funding that is being offered now.
“Given the amount of money that can be applied for, this should be of particular interest to large agricultural and food production businesses.”