Public Buildings

How can public buildings benefit from working with Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire?

We are seeking applications for energy conservation measures (ECMs) and renewable energy upgrades to public buildings across Greater Lincolnshire.



For example, projects could include: solar PV; heat pumps;, small wind turbines; insulation; heating replacements and upgrades; hot water saving measures; controls and zoning to manage heating more effectively; building management systems and display dashboards for building users; lighting upgrades and controls; refrigeration upgrades and controls; triad charge avoidance.

These improvements should lead to significant savings of gas and electricity use and therefore greenhouse gases. They must also not be standard retrofit and instead include smart controls and innovative approaches which are suitable for case studies and demonstrator projects.

In addition to funding from Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, applicants must be prepared to provide match funding from the Salix Energy Efficiency Loans scheme. Should a different match be wanted e.g. from their own reserves, another funding programme (non-European) then this will require a change request process with Government office which could cause a delay. Salix is able to fully fund projects with a five year payback from energy savings (eight years for schools), or part loans for those with a longer payback. Details of payback and application routes vary for different institutions and are available at Salix Energy Efficient Loans Scheme.. Salix may be applied for once an application has been accepted by Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire.


This is the first check undertaken, as your organisation must:

a) Own the building itself and is considered “Public”. For this to be the case your organisation has to directly or indirectly receive over 50% of its main funding from central or local government.

b) Whether you are paying the building’s energy bill. If you are not paying the bill and have an alternative arrangement, please let us know before expressing an interest.

How much will Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire fund?

It is expected that proposed projects will have a 5 to 10 year payback and be able to demonstrate ERDF contribution was essential to their going ahead. This will be a simple payback of total capital cost ex VAT / annual savings with no consideration of changed maintenance requirements, inflation, or similar.

The amount of funding offered by Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire to successful applicants depends on various factors, including the details of the proposal, other funding secured or pending, how it contributes to the ERDF outputs, value for money, and the remaining grant funding available at the time of application.

As a guide, the ERDF contribution offered will be up to 50 per cent of total project costs. Contributions from Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire will be in the range of £10,000 to £250,000. If your project is of larger value, but funds already secured require a smaller percentage contribution from Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire to go ahead, please get in touch to discuss before you apply.

The project runs until March 2021, and it is anticipated that improvement works to buildings must be completed by June 2020 at the latest. Earlier is preferable, subject to a realistic timeline.

How can I apply?

Ideally, your organisation will have examined its buildings and generated investment grade proposals, a carbon management plan or similar. This will enable you to explain why your application should be funded through this programme, and the impact it will have. If estimates of the costs are available, the values and how they were determined should be provided.

If you don’t have this level of information, but do have a building which offers good opportunities, then an application can still be made.

Please fill out an expression of interest form detailing the outline of your project. Eligibility checks will be made.

We will then provide feedback and if successful requested to submit a full application. All applications must be clear on governance and decision making timescales within their own organisation which will impact upon the timeline for delivery of the project.

How are applications evaluated?

Applicants should study the scoring matrix and the guidance notes carefully. The Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire Project Board will lead the prioritisation process. All applications will be put through an appraisal process that will consider the financial, strategic, and economic case. A particular focus for the economic case is the contribution it makes to our gas, electricity and carbon saving targets. Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and meeting these targets through energy projects in public buildings in Greater Lincolnshire is a condition of this funding.

The application form does not ask about carbon savings or value for money indicators. This is because we will estimate these for all applications using a standard method based on your responses to Section 5. The scoring mechanism rewards detailed information over basic information, but it is the kWh and carbon savings which are most important.

What will happen after evaluation?

We will notify applicants whether they have been:

1. Selected for immediate start on the project

Appear promising and will be given detailed feedback, and asked to re-submit their bid

Have been placed on a reserve list and will be updated periodically on whether will progress

We reserve the right to offer to fund scaled down projects from the ones proposed by the applicant. The details of the match funding will be determined by the Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire Project Board.

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Public Buildings Form


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