Rural sports clubs, schools and Parish Councils to go green thanks to £10 million Clean Energy Fund
Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:36
Sports Clubs, Schools, Parish Councils and other community based organisations in rural England that want to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to their communities, and also make money by selling it back to the grid, can apply for funding through the £10 million Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF). The funding is available to investigate and install green energy; including solar battery storage, wind, hydro and geothermal heat projects. The RCEF provides support in two stages:
- A feasibility grant of up to approximately £40,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
- Viable proposal will also be able to apply for further grants of up to £100,000.
The fund is open to applications from:
- Community interest companies
- Industrial provident societies such as co-operatives
- Parish councils
- Registered social landlords
- Sports Clubs
There is a two-stage application process and stage 1 applications can be submitted at any time.
The RCEF funding, which is to be managed by 5 Local Energy Hubs around England, is designed to catapult rural areas into the 'clean growth' revolution, helping people living outside urban areas benefit from the income-generating potential of renewable energy.