Business Energy Efficiency Scheme

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is committed to helping businesses reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs.  Funding is now available to local small to medium sized businesses to support the installation of renewable energy and energy reduction measures.

The project is called the Business Energy Efficiency Scheme (BEES).

BEES is a £390,596 investment fund, financed by Her Majesty's Government Local Growth Fund through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

The project complements the business support provided by Hitachi’s Smart Energy Islands project.

It offers up to 65% part-funding for a range of energy efficiency measures.

What can BEES fund?

The funding can support the costs of purchasing, delivering and installing a range of energy efficiency measures including:

  • Improved insulation and lighting
  • Solar PV panels and associated battery storage
  • Solar thermal panels
  • Air, ground or water source heat pumps
  • Building Energy Management Systems

Financial support is available for local businesses and starts from a minimum of £1,667 project spend. Support will require 35% match funding by applicants.

Which businesses are eligible?

To qualify, your business must be:

  • a SME (employing less than 250 employees)
  • situated in and trading from the Isles of Scilly
  • either as a sole trader or a registered company or a payer of business rates

If you have further queries please refer the Frequently Asked Questions document or contact

How to apply?

Please download, complete and save the application form on this page. Then send it to the BEES team at

Applications can also be submitted by post to:

Council of the Isles of Scilly
Town Hall
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0LW

We will confirm receipt of your application and appraise it.

If approved we will write to you with an Offer Letter outlining the terms and conditions of the grant. You will then undertake to complete and pay for the works.

Once the works have been completed and paid for (defrayed) submit a claim form with original evidence of spend. We will then reimburse you for 60% of the capital costs.

We will monitor the impact of the investment through comparisons of Energy Performance Certificates issued before and after the works.