VeryPC Signs First Customer For IT Scrappage Scheme

Tom Jowitt is a leading British tech freelance and long standing contributor to TechWeek Europe

Green computer maker VeryPC has signed up its first customer to the Big Business Refit, a scrappage scheme for power-hungry equipment

Sheffield-based green computer manufacturer #VeryPC has announced it is now one of the first companies to replace a company’s PCs using the Big Business Refit, an equipment scrappage scheme run by the Carbon Trust.

In one of the first IT deals signed through the scheme, a lease finance specialist by the name of Evolution Funding has purchased 11 VeryPC BroadLeaf ‘Energy Saving Recommended’ machines.  And VeryPC says that these BroadLeaf machines are the only computers from any manufacturer to be endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust scheme.-

Better efficiency with no capital cost

Speaking to eWEEK Europe UK, Rozy Hopton, Marketing and Comms Manager at VeryPC explained that this scheme presents organisations with an ideal opportunity to upgrade to energy efficient equipment, without capital cost.

“VeryPC are on the Carbon Trust approved list,” she said. “As far as we are aware, there is not another IT vendor on the list at the moment. “Our BroadLeaf machines are 55 percent more energy efficient than the Energy Star Five rating,” she added.

The replacement PCs for Evolution Funding are expected to save nearly £1,800 a year in energy bills; and these savings will pay the loan off within four years. After this point the savings will go directly back onto the bottom line.

What is the Big Business Refit?

The Big Business Refit was launched in September 2009 by Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis, to promote the £100 million scrappage scheme from the Carbon Trust. This followed research which revealed that 52 percent of British businesses don’t have the cash to upgrade old, inefficient kit.

That research also showed that 46 percent are unaware that they can cut energy costs by replacing old equipment, and that 60 percent of British firms wait until their kit breaks down completely before replacing it

“We worked with VeryPC to successfully obtain a 0 percent loan of over £5,000 from the Carbon Trust, payable over four years to finance our PC upgrade,” explained Jeremy Levine from Evolution Funding. “The machines were installed swiftly and are already generating energy savings. We expect the energy savings will easily exceed the monthly repayments on the loan so in effect the machines will pay for themselves.  It’s a fantastic deal for a business like ours that wants to minimise cost while reducing our carbon footprint,” he said.