SME guide to financing energy efficiency projects

Enabling SMEs to invest in energy efficiency for their business

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This guide introduces the main financing mechanisms available to help businesses invest in energy efficient equipment, allowing businesses to save energy, cut costs and increase profit margins.


  • Introduction
  • Building the business case
  • Financing options for energy efficient equipment
  • Loans
  • Asset-based financing
  • Leasing
  • Energy Service Contracts through Energy Service Companies
  • Grants
  • Tax incentives - enhanced capital allowances
  • Next steps

Published: May 2019
Publication code: CTV071

This guide was produced as part of the Green Business Fund programme which ended in 2019.

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