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Energy efficiency surveys and grants

Grants and free energy audits are available to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in both Derby and Derbyshire to reduce business costs, carbon emissions and increase the comfort of employees.


Complete our online enquiry form to arrange an audit for your business if it meets the eligibility requirements.

What's provided

Grants of up to £15,000 (and up to 65% of the cost) are available to eligible businesses to carry out energy efficiency improvements. Energy efficiency support for improvements to either premises or process equipment could include:

  • lighting
  • insulation
  • heating
  • ventilation
  • air conditioning
  • energy efficient equipment or renewables.

Support is also available for low carbon environmental accreditation and technical support consultancy from the University of Derby.

View a list of energy efficiency case studies or find out more about energy efficiency audits and grants.


The energy audit and grants are available to SMEs in Derby and Derbyshire. SMEs are defined as companies with less than 250 employees and either a turnover of less than 50m Euro or a balance sheet total of less than 43m Euro. They must be no more than 25% owned by a company that isn't an SME.

Some industries such as primary agriculture and retail (provision of goods and services to the general public), social welfare and education, banking and insurance are not eligible.

How to apply

To arrange an audit:

A signed hard copy version will also be required via post to: 

Gemma Sylva 
Derby City Council 
The Council House 
Corporation Street 

The energy efficiency project is a partnership between ourselves, the University of Derby and Derby City Council and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.