14/02/2023 - Permalink

Focus on energy solutions at business breakfast

Related topics: Climate change / environment / Economic growth / Partner organisations

Many businesses are currently facing significant increases in their energy bills. Shropshire business leaders can get free advice on how to improve energy resilience and reduce energy costs at a collaborative breakfast event on Monday 6 March 2023.

Shropshire Council and Marches LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) are hosting a two-panel breakfast meeting, where experts will share practical information and guidance on sustainable energy solutions, funding sources and energy and environmental auditing.

The agenda includes case studies from Shropshire business Aico, and from the Big Solar Co-op who are working with local businesses to install roof-mounted solar panels, together with two expert panel discussions.

The first panel will focus on sustainability and resilience, and will feature AceOn and the Big Solar Co-op.

The AceOn Group is a nationally-respected energy storage and battery company and is passionate about helping the country meet Net Zero Carbon ambitions and targets.

Mark Thompson from AceOn with Caroline Cattle

Mark Thompson from AceOn with Caroline Cattle

The Big Solar Co-op aims to unlock the huge potential of rooftop solar on community and commercial buildings across the UK.  Its first tranche of installations include a food processing plant in Tenbury Wells and a doctors surgery in Birmingham. A substantial pipeline of other large rooftop sites across the UK is also under development.

Tim Yair, regional senior energy projects officer for Marches LEP, will also advise on sources of funding and grants available to businesses to help future-proof energy supply and costs.

Tim said:-

“Marches LEP is working closely with businesses to help them make the most efficient use of energy and drive down costs. We’re delighted to be joining forces with Shropshire Council for this event, which will not only deliver practical advice for businesses facing rising energy bills but also help meet net zero targets.”

The second panel will showcase companies who have maximised their energy savings by implementing best practices and explain how auditing can lead to energy and carbon savings.

The leading home safety company, Aico, will demonstrate positive actions that have helped make its state-of-the-art premises in Oswestry energy efficient. Examples include installing solar panels, commissioning energy audits and installing EV chargers on site.

Cool Shropshire and Telford, a partnership between Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and environmental consultants E4environment Ltd, will advise delegates on the potential to save money by becoming more energy and resource efficient, and increasing resilience against supply chain shocks and the effects of climate change.

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for climate change, environment and transport, said:-

“With the cost of living crisis rising and energy bills increasing, we wanted to bring Shropshire business leaders together to help provide expert advice on a range of energy-saving opportunities that SMEs can implement to reduce usage.

“By sharing best practice and seeing if, by working collaboratively, we can help to reduce risks together. I would urge business leaders not to miss this opportunity to connect with peers and ask our team of experts about what practical steps they can take to help with short term and long term savings.”

The Business Energy Breakfast is being held in the Sovereign Suite at Shrewsbury Town FC’s stadium on Monday 6 March 2023 from 8am until 10.30am. It is free to attend, but please register here.