£10m for communities to create green ‘power hubs’
A £10 million fund to back community ownership of renewable energy projects has been unveiled, reports Energy Live News.
DECC launched the Urban Community Energy Fund, which will allow groups in England to bid for grants of up to £20,000 or loans of £130,000 to help kick-start their projects including heat pumps, anaerobic digestion, combined heat and power, wind, solar and hydro.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “I want to give more people the power to generate their own electricity and by supporting community energy projects we can – helping them drive down their energy bills at the same time.
“That’s why we’ve pledged £10 million so communities can play their part in generating renewable power at a local level.”