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.
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:
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.
On Wednesday DECC announced the launch of a new community energy fund with £10 Million available to help local communities develop energy projects. The fund which is managed by a number of community networks, including Local United, and administered by the Energy Saving Trust, will be run as a competition. There will be the chance for around 200 community organisations to take advantage of the fund and get to grips with energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.
Local United has launched a fantastic new scheme that could transform the ethical energy supply sector and earn thousands of communities across the country much needed additional funding. The scheme is based around members of community groups switching energy supplier to one of Local United's ethical energy supply partners.