28 June 2013
Rural communities across England that aspire to generate their own clean green power are being offered a helping hand today with the launch of a £15 million Government fund.
The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), which opens to applications today, is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects, and fund the costs associated with applying for planning permission. It is intended that projects will then be able to attract private finance to pay for renewable energy kit and get projects up and running. Funding can be used to support rural projects across the renewable and low carbon energy spectrum including wind, solar, biomass, heat pumps, anaerobic digestion, gas Combined Heat and Power and hydro.
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WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is finalising Defra’s ‘Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund’ re-launch and taking expressions of interest. It is a mixture of a grant of up to £20,000 to undertake feasibility work and up to £130,000 loan for planning work. The fund is to support Community renewable energy projects, in rural areas in England, with populations of less than 5,000 people. Hydro developments are considered eligible for the fund.’ WRAP can be contacted at email@example.com. WRAP’s summary of the scheme is here. When we hear that the fund is up and running we will post a notice on the News and Discussion topics page.
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