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PRESS INFORMATION                                        22 March 2010

Green energy with added financial rewards

Envirolink Northwest is welcoming the launch of feed-in tariffs (FIT), a new government scheme designed to benefit businesses across the UK with financial and environmental rewards.

The scheme, which will launch on 1 April 2010, will enable businesses installing small scale renewable energy generating technologies such as wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels on their premises, to claim payments for the electricity they produce whilst at the same time benefiting from reduced energy bills. The tariff levels have been calculated to offer a 5-8% return on initial investment in the technology. In addition, electricity produced that is surplus to requirements can be sold back to the grid, producing another revenue stream. The government is guaranteeing these payments for up to 25 years depending on the technology. It has also been confirmed that installations commissioned since July 2009, when the policy was announced, will benefit from the scheme.

Gareth Bennett, Business Development Manager, Cheshire - Low Carbon at Envirolink Northwest commented: "Businesses across our region should make sure that they benefit from the launch of the FIT scheme. Not only does it offer a significant opportunity to reduce the region's CO2 emissions but the guaranteed income levels mean that businesses can generate their own electricity for free once the capital costs of the equipment have been covered. With energy prices set to continue rising the business benefits of generating your own energy have never been better. "

Envirolink Northwest is funded by Government, local authorities, industry and the NWDA to support the development and growth of the environmental technologies sector.

Liam Fisher, Sector Development Manager for Energy and Environment, NWDA commented:

"Energy and Environmental Technologies is one of the region's most important business sectors, with regional companies able to supply parts, components, products and services across the range of renewable energy technologies.

"The NWDA welcomes this announcement, which will enable businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, become more self sufficient in energy and earn extra income."

Envirolink Northwest offers, at no cost to businesses, impartial advice and guidance to those looking to install renewable technologies. The tailored support includes access to in-depth up-to-date knowledge of renewable energy options, advice on finance and grant funding, help with planning and connecting to the grid. Links to regional suppliers of renewable technologies, and invitations to events and workshops to share best practice complete the package.

For further information on how your business can become involved in the FIT scheme and gain access to the services provided by Envirolink Northwest please contact Gareth Bennett on g.bennett[at]envirolinknorthwest.co.uk, call 01925 813200 or visit www.envirolinknorthwest.co.uk.

 

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Note to editors:

Envirolink Northwest is the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) funded organisation whose aim is to develop the Northwest of England's environmental technology and services sector by making it a competitive force to provide sustainable solutions to environmental problems. Its aims and objectives are to: raise the profile of the Northwest's environmental technologies and services sector in local, national and global markets; help the Northwest's environmental suppliers to find and win new business; stimulate the formation of partnerships and consortia to address market opportunities; provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience; improve the competitiveness of the sector; and assist in links with the NWDA and other regional/national bodies.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) works to deliver economic success in England's Northwest by building the competitiveness of businesses, people and places. Leading the region towards a low carbon economy by ensuring the Northwest reduces its environmental impact, adapts to climate change and capitalises on key business opportunities. For further information visit www.nwda.co.uk

 

The European Regional Development fund in the Northwest

Between 2007 and 2013 the Northwest of England will receive a total of £521million (dependent on exchange rate) from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Managed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), this funding will enhance the competitiveness of the region's economy by supporting growth in employment and enterprise.

Key targets for the Northwest Operational Programme (NWOP) include:

* Creating 26,700 net additional jobs by 2015

* Generating £1.17bn additional annual GVA by 2015

* Supporting a 25% reduction in additional C02 emissions generated by the ERDF Programme.

For further information please visit www.erdfnw.co.uk

For further press information please contact:

Suzanne McGuckin, Communications Officer, Envirolink Northwest

T 01925 855768 email s.mcguckin[at]envirolinknorthwest.co.uk

 

 

 
Environlink NW is the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) funded organisation whose aim is to develop the Northwest of England's environmental technology and services sector by making it a competitive force to provide sustainable solutions to environmental problems. Its aims and objectives are to: raise the profile of the Northwest's environmental technologies and services sector in local, national and global markets; help the Northwest's environmental suppliers to find and win new business; stimulate the formation of partnerships and consortia to address market opportunities; provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience; improve the competitiveness of the sector; and assist in links with the NWDA and other regional/national bodies.

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Tender Opportunities for Public Bodies

The Chest is being used across Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Halton and Warrington Boroughs, GMPTE and Merseyrail, and many other North West public bodies for all procurement over £10K to promote a fair, transparent tendering process, and has also been adopted by most Authorities in the North West.  It provides the opportunity for commercial businesses and the voluntary sector to bid for all work/funding within region, and is accessible and easy to use. The tool (The Chest) also promotes standardisation, process efficiency and compliance to the Authorities Contract Procedure Rules.  The Chest was created with funding from the North West Investment & Efficiency Partnership to bring together both buyers and suppliers making it easier for businesses to find out about new sources of potential revenue and to grow and develop to the benefit of the local economy. The Chest - Summary
*    Suppliers register their Company details.
*    Suppliers receive electronic notifications when Request for Quotes or Invitation to tenders are posted that match their Company criteria, entered when registering.
*    Suppliers complete all documents electronically and upload to The Chest.
Why Use the Chest?
*    Register once, for free, to receive notifications of all opportunities published on The Chest.
*    All Local Authorities in the North West advertise opportunities on The Chest
*    Fair, transparent tendering process
*    Gives equal opportunity to all businesses
*    Creates More Opportunity
*    Informed of upcoming contracts
*    Easier communication during process
*    Warning when Request for Quotes / tenders are due to close
*    Local Authorities in the North West spend between £6bn and £6.5bn per year
How to Register on The Chest
See Powerpoint presentation.  The website is www.thechest.nwce.gov.uk.
If you have any difficulty registering or taking part in a tendering exercise we have a helpline that will guide you around the system.
Tel 0845 2930459 or alternatively email nwsupport[at]due-north.com
The CWAC contact for queries is Judith Culleton, tel 01244 975936 or email : judith.culleton[at]cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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