We want to help you improve your green credentials and lower your carbon footprint. With our Renewable Energy Funding Scheme, you can borrow money to invest in renewable energy technologies to help improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of your business.
Find out how to apply for the Renewable Energy Funding Scheme.
Loan repayments must be made from your Co-operative Bank business current account.
If you do not yet have a Co-operative Bank business current account, we will help you open one if your lending application is successful.
The Renewable Energy Funding Scheme is available for business use only.
All businesses can apply for a loan from a minimum of £25,020.
Please contact one of our Relationship Managers. Fixed Rate terms only accepted on loans of £250,000 or more. The maximum funding limit is £10m.
The interest rate is variable and linked to the Bank of England Base Rate, plus the appropriate interest margin, which will be determined by the financial status of your business. This means the interest rate that you pay will change as the base rate changes.
For sole traders and partnerships, your personal financial circumstances will also be taken into account.
Break and amendment costs
(Fixed rate loans only)
Break or amendment costs may apply if you repay part of or all of your fixed rate loan before the end of the agreed term, or if the terms of your fixed rate loan are amended before the end of the fixed term. Break or amendment costs only apply for fixed rate loans. There are no break or amendment costs for variable rate loans.
Discussed upon application.
Discussed upon application
Lending is typically offered on a secured basis. Please note that there will be additional fees when security is required. Fees will be discussed throughout the application process and will depend on your individual circumstances.
Security fees are the costs you’ll need to cover so that the Bank can secure the lending. For example, the cost of registering a Legal Charge over a business property.
If we are able to consider lending on an unsecured basis we will discuss this with you during the application process.
Max. loan to value
We can offer 70% of the market value in funding depending on the sector. For vacant possession properties, we can offer a maximum 80% of the value. Loan to value (LTV) is the ratio of bank funding to the value of the asset over which the Bank will be granted security.
Nigel Holt, Director at Regency Estate
Please note: Fixed rate loans are only available for lending of £250,000 or more.
All lending is subject to a satisfactory credit assessment and we will need your permission to carry out a credit check on your business and key individuals (including directors and shareholders).
Any property given as security, which may include your home, may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your loan or other debts secured on the property.
You should not apply for an amount that you cannot comfortably afford to repay now and in the future to avoid the possibility of legal action.
We will also need to witness your proof of benefit. This means we need to understand what the project costs are so we can determine what proportion of funding could be awarded, as well as the loan repayments. Funds will be released upon proof of the renewable energy project cost.
If you would like to apply for a loan of £250,000 or more, please get in touch with one of our Relationship Managers. They will discuss your lending requirements with you and tell you what information you’ll need to send us.
To apply for the Renewable Energy Funding Scheme you’ll need:
Gather and send us the information
Gather the information listed in Step 1 and send it to the email address provided.
We’ll get in touch with you
We aim to get in touch with you within 2 business days of you sending us your information required. We might ask you for some additional information at this stage.
You’ll receive a decision from us
We aim to give you a decision within 10 business days of your full application being received. Occasionally, we may require additional information depending on your circumstances.
If you do not get through to a Relationship Manager straight away, they will contact you within 2 business days of your initial phone call or email to talk through your application with you and discuss next steps.
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