Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Funding launched to develop rural renewables in Humber

A £1.46 million fund is being made available to rural groups in the Humber to develop renewable energy generation projects in rural communities.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a Government initiative to support rural communities seeking to develop feasibility work for renewable energy projects.

The funding is available to community groups such as parish councils, charities or legally constituted local groups, as long as they are based within a rural area and are committed to developing a project which could deliver huge benefits to their community.

Examples of the kind of projects that will be considered include the likes of solar power, wind turbines, anaerobic digestion, heat pumps or hydropower.

The project is required to deliver renewable energy, generally for more than one building, and typically be of the size that would require planning permission. Projects solely focused on energy efficiency aren’t eligible for this funding.

“If we’re going to lower our emissions as a region, it is vital that we look at how best we can tackle this through a range of projects and funding pots,” said Richard Royal, Energy Programme Manager at the Humber LEP.

At the first stage, grants of up to £40,000 can be applied for to fund work with an environmental consultant to conduct feasibility studies for the project and assess its longer-term viability.

If the project is deemed viable, further grants are available to support activity such as designing the scheme and applying for planning permission.

However, capital funding for the project will need to be sought through other means, and there are several tried-and-tested models which applicants can get further advice on.

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