Local United is pleased to announce that the £8m Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme Phase Two - Communities competition has been launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The £8m funding scheme focuses on privately owned homes and is primarily centred on off-gas community groups based in England, Scotland and Wales. It is targeted at making renewable heating affordable for middle to low income households with funding available for development of the project and towards installation of the technologies themselves, DECC hopes to support between 50 and 100 projects this year with the winners being announced in December. The scheme is being managed by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and interested groups can only apply on-line through the EST website.
The second phase of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme, which gives money off renewable heat technologies such as solar thermal panels and ground source heat pumps, has been announced. DECC revealed that £8m will be made available to encourage community groups to install renewable heating through a competitive community grants scheme. Details of the scheme are limited at the moment but more information should be available from DECC in the next few weeks. Keep checking the Local United Website for further updates.
In March the FSE Group and lead partner, the National Energy Foundation (NEF), will be holding a number of free workshops to support communities who wish to apply to the fund to help to finance their community-led renewable energy generation projects.
The FSE Group (FSE) and lead partner National Energy Foundation (NEF) are delighted to announce that the Community Generation Fund is now open for applications.
The Fund addresses critical barriers to community-led project development by providing support at both pre-planning development and post-planning construction stages, to community energy generation projects that can achieve technical & financial viability, community inclusion and social impact.
A further 155 community energy projects from across the country have received funding from the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF). According to DECC the winning bids include “projects to demonstrate wall insulation to the public, schemes to check the energy efficiency of homes and events to promote energy efficiency in local communities. ”
The Newly appointed Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey had this to say about the funding:
On the 16th January Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announced the first 82 local energy projects to win funding from the new £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF). Projects across England and Wales were selected from a diverse range of communities including rural location such as the Holy Island of Lindisfarne through to inner city locations such as Brixton.
Since the launch of Local United’s Ethical Energy Supplier Switching Scheme in September 2011 we have had great interest from community groups across the country ranging from transition towns to small community groups. With communities now starting to see their members switch supplier it is a great time for your community to join the scheme and raise some money.