The sectors we support

Find out how we can support your sector below.

Business Sector

Low carbon technologies can offer your business a great opportunity to reduce energy consumption, and improve competitiveness and profitability.

Through free technical support, workshops, networking events and grants, Low Carbon Dorset are helping Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s), carry out standard energy efficiency measures, and larger low carbon projects.

What types of projects can we support?

  • Standard energy efficiency measures – e.g. insulation measures, boilers, lighting upgrades, motor and drives, voltage optimisation, double glazing, variable speed drives, compressed air systems
  • Small scale renewable energy installations (up to 5MW) – e.g. Biomass boilers, Renewable Heat (ground, air and water source heat pumps), On-shore wind, Marine energy, Solar PV, Small Scale Hydro.
  • Use of innovative or new technologies & approaches that reduce energy consumption in your business.
  • Development of new products or processes which help reduce carbon emissions – e.g. proving concepts, research, marketing

To be eligible for business sector support you must be a:

Legally constituted Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME), or new start-up (not individuals or sole traders) located and operating within Dorset, Bournemouth or Poole.

Public Sector Organisations

Reducing energy use in public buildings and social housing through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Low Carbon Dorset is offering grants and free support to Public Sector Organisations to help overcome the financial risks associated with novel and complex low carbon projects.

Through this support, we aim to build the skills, experience and capacity needed to make sure low carbon approaches are rolled out throughout Dorset.

Supported projects will be expected to deliver a leadership and demonstration role in Dorset’s Low Carbon Economy.

Here is an example of the types of projects we could support:

  • Small Scale Renewable Energy Installations (up to 5MW) e.g. Biomass boilers, Renewable Heat (Ground, air and water source heat pumps), On-shore wind, Marine energy, Solar PV, Small Scale Hydro.
  • Standard energy efficiency measures – e.g. insulation measures, boilers, lighting upgrades, motor and drives, voltage optimisation, double glazing, variable speed drives, compressed air systems
  • Use of innovative technologies and approaches that reduce energy consumption in public buildings or social housing
  • Development of new products or processes which help reduce carbon emissions – e.g. proving concepts, research, marketing

Only low carbon projects which demonstrate an ‘innovative approach’ will be supported.

To be eligible for Public sector support your organisation must be a:

  • Public sector organisation such as – Local Authority, higher education establishment, housing association and other publicly funded organisations (excluding schools) located in Dorset, Bournemouth or Poole

Not sure which sector you and your project fall under? Get in touch with the team to find out what support is available to you.

Community Sector Organisations

Developing and implementing renewable energy projects at a community scale.

Is your community on the frontline of the green energy revolution? Low Carbon Dorset is supporting community led projects looking to use renewable energy technologies to reduce their carbon emissions.

Community involvement is a key factor, and we want to see your innovation and ideas. Types of projects could include:

  • Renewable energy installations (up to 5MW) – e.g. Biomass boilers, Renewable Heat (Ground, air and water source heat pumps), On-shore wind, Marine energy, Solar PV, Small Scale Hydro.
  • Smart energy systems – e.g. systems or models that use smart metering/demand management, or energy distribution and sharing

To be eligible for community sector support you must be either:

  • A legally constituted voluntary or community organisation located within Dorset, Bournemouth or Poole, or
  • A registered charity located within Dorset, Bournemouth or Poole.

What’s on offer?

Click here to see what support is available to your organisation

Case studies

Click here to see how other people have lowered their carbon usage, or contribute your own project.

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