Helping businesses cut carbon emissions and save money

05 Oct 2021

The Solar for Business scheme sees no installation or maintenance costs to businesses but the busiiness will save money on its energy costs and reduce its carbon emissions.

Businesses across West Suffolk are being encouraged to sign up to a scheme that will help toward achieving net zero carbon emissions and save them money.

West Suffolk Council which runs the Solar for Business scheme has installed more than 10,000 solar panels at 63 business premises, saving them a collective £125,000 a year in reduced energy costs and cutting their carbon emissions by 900 tonnes per year.

Claas UK, Precision Marketing and Denny Bros in Bury St Edmunds, Unisurge International in Newmarket, Ultra Precision in Haverhill, Essential Care in Mildenhall, Brandon Test Centre in Brandon, and Animax based at Shepherds Grove Industrial Estate near Stanton are among those businesses that are all benefiting from the scheme.

Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We are working to reduce our own carbon footprint to net zero by 2030 and want to help and support businesses to do the same. We take care of all the set-up costs, installation, monitoring and maintenance, leaving the businesses to get on with what they do best, achieving their ambitions for successful growth and prosperity here in West Suffolk, while saving hundreds if not thousands of pounds a year and making a significant step towards achieving net zero.”

Cllr Andy Drummond, West Suffolk Cabinet Member for Regulatory and Environment, said: “Once a business agrees to solar panels being put up on its roof, they benefit from 100 per cent of the electricity generated at a discounted rate; cheaper than that offered by their energy supplier. The scheme also provides a wider community benefit with the small income for the Council helping to meet the cost of essential services.”

West Suffolk Council can also offer energy efficiency advice to businesses and help them benefit from other renewable energy technologies designed to support business needs.

To find out about this and the Solar for Business scheme, call 01284 757622 or email

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We've installed over 10,000 solar panels at businesses cutting their carbon emissions by 900 tonnes a year and saving £125,000 on their energy bills.

Suffolk’s public sector leaders have all set out and committed to pursue net zero strategies in our own organisations that respond to local, national, and international evidence. Furthermore, we will all work together to support and guide our residents, communities, and businesses to make the changes required to best set Suffolk on the path for carbon neutrality by 2030. See Suffolk-Climate-Emergency-Plan.pdf (  



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