Business Renewable Energy Fund

3. Eligibility

The Carmarthenshire Business Renewable Energy Fund is available only to new or existing businesses within the eligible sectors that are located in or planning to locate within Carmarthenshire.

Support is aimed primarily at existing businesses, including social enterprises, operating in or servicing the following growth and foundation sectors:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Creative Industries
  • Energy and Environment
  • Finance and Professional Services
  • Information Technology and Telecoms
  • Life Sciences
  • Food & Drink
  • Tourism
  • Retail
  • Care

The following sectors however are ineligible for support: -

  • Primary agriculture production
  • Forestry
  • Aquaculture
  • Fishing
  • Statutory services, e.g., education and primary healthcare
  • Party political purposes;
  • Promotion of particular secular, religious or political views;
  • Gambling;
  • Pornography
  • Offering sexual services;
  • Any kind of illegal activity; or any kind of activity which in the opinion of Carmarthenshire County Council could bring the Council and/or UK Government into disrepute.

Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis subject to their potential contribution and value to the local economy and commitment to decarbonisation.

You must either:

  • Own the freehold, or
  • Hold a lease with a seven-year minimum period remaining after the final grant payment date. You will need to secure your landlord's written consent for the proposed works.

Please note, if the applicant is a Ltd Company, ownership of the freehold or leasehold must be in the Limited Company name.

The business premises must be registered on Carmarthenshire County Council’s Non-Domestic Rates register, in order to apply.
You cannot apply for funding to support work that you have already started. We encourage you to contact us at an early stage to discuss any proposals.
The Fund is available for businesses of all sizes which aim to implement their green growth pledge.

Final date to submit Expression of Interest is 7 May 2024 and Stage 2 application is 17 June 2024. All expenditure associated to the grant must be completed and claimed by 30 November 2024. Monitoring of the business and funding scheme outputs will take place and evidence will be required by this time. Failure to achieve the committed outputs could result in the claw back of grant funds.

Upon giving reasonable notice, Carmarthenshire County Council reserves the right to monitor and maintain evidence at 1, 3 and 5 years from the receipt of a grant application. Renewable energy generation meter readings to be taken on an annual basis by the applicant and provided as part of this monitoring process.