Cornwall New Energy

Providing free support to local business

Provia's innovative PV solar canopy

Cornwall New Energy is a unique new initiative that supports small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to develop, promote and install renewable energy products, services and solutions.

The project delivery team is led by PRP, and includes BRE National Solar Centre, University of Exeter and UK Community Works.

CNE provides free support to start-up businesses and/or businesses that have innovative products or services with a renewable energy or carbon emission reduction focus.

Provia is a local start-up business that has already benefitted from the free support provided by CNE. Provia supplies and installs bespoke solar photovoltaic (PV) canopy systems in car parks for electricity generation and electric vehicle charging. The product can be used to reduce imported grid electricity costs in addition to reducing CO2 emissions and promoting sustainable credentials.

Scott James, director of Provia, said “Through the Cornwall New Energy project, Provia has been able to advance its routes to market across multiple sectors.

The bespoke commercial modelling we have developed with CNE for our integrated solar canopy and EV chargepoint system is now being used both locally and nationally. This will support our company growth plans into 2018 and beyond.”

CNE has also identified a pre-production site in the region to assist Provia to demonstrate the solar canopy product and gain installation experience. It is hoped that this will be undertaken early 2018.

Are you a start-up business or a business thinking of relocating to Cornwall? Does your business have an innovative product/service with a renewable energy or carbon emission reduction focus?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, Cornwall New Energy (CNE) can provide FREE support to you to help bringing your products and services to market.

For further information, please contact technical delivery manager, Amanda Forman.

The CNE project is receiving up to £2,657,433 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.