£30 million announced for community green schemes and public sector energy efficiency

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has just announced funding of £10 million for local community energy projects, and a £20 million boost to the existing public sector energy efficiency loan scheme. Chris Huhne said:

“This is great news for the public sector. Not only do we need to encourage energy efficiency in our schools, hospitals and universities, we also need to get green energy generation and energy efficiency into our communities. That’s why we are also making £10million available for communities to help spur an energy revolution at a local level.”

The new £10 million Local Energy Assessment Fund, managed by a number of community networks and administered by the Energy Saving Trust, will be run as a competition, with the chance for around 200 community organisations to get to grips with energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. Organisations including parish councils, voluntary associations, development trusts and faith groups are all eligible to apply.

Please be aware that the timescales for applications are very tight:

  • Phase 1: Applications to be submitted online by 12 noon on 22nd Dec 2011
  • Phase 2: Applications to be submitted online by 12 noon on 20th Jan 2012

Your project will need to be completed by 31st March 2012.

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