Groups and businesses in Watford are being encouraged to apply for Low Carbon Workspaces Grants to help local businesses and the environment.
Everett Rovers Football Club, Located on Dodd Road received a grant of £1,752 for a project after Watford Council encouraged them to apply.
Watford Mayor Peter Taylor visited Everett Rovers to see solar panels recently installed on their clubhouse.
The overall cost for the panels was £5,256 but the grant covered one third of the cost. The solar panels will generate enough electricity to pay for their cost in around three years. Any surplus electricity will be fed back to the main grid, generating income for the club and green energy.
Andy Tyers, Everett Rovers Chairman, said: “This grant enabled the club to make another positive environmental step by generating as much solar power as we can. On top of this we will make some significant savings on our electricity bills.
“We heard about the grant after receiving the Watford Borough council business bulletin and without it we would not have been able to afford the panels at this time. We would encourage other local businesses to take advantage of the grant which is easy to apply for and once approved payment is received promptly.”
Mayor Peter Taylor said: “It was great to visit the club and hear about this. I know that this has been a tough period for many sports clubs so it was really positive to hear how this grant has been good for them financially and will also mean that more green, clean energy is being generated here in Watford. Everett Rovers are a fantastic club and do so much for the community. It was good to hear that this grant has been put to such good use by them.”
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small and medium sized businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their premises (LED lighting, heating upgrades), install a renewable energy system or purchase an electric vehicle.
Details of the scheme are available at lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk