Chris Huhne, Energy and Climate Change Secretary has announced the 82 local energy projects to have won funding from the new £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF).
A consortium of community networks manage LEAF, which is administered by the Energy Saving Trust. Each successful bid will receive on average approximately £50,000 to help everybody understand energy efficiency at a local level, also raising awareness of renewable energy generation issues. The amount of money received depends on the proposals, all of which need to be completed by the end of March 2012.
Some of the winning bids include show homes demonstrating solid wall insulation, home energy efficiency checks, schemes to invest in renewable energy for your home or in businesses and events to promote the local community to uptake energy efficiency measures.
Chris Huhne said that the country faces a “gigantic challenge to keep the lights on and energy bills down,” but this boost will help local communities and make Britain more energy dependent.
Parish councils, voluntary associations, development trusts and faith groups are all eligible to apply for LEAF funding, with around 200 projects expected to benefit from the scheme. If you want to apply, the second round of applications closes at 12pm Friday 20th January. You will be notified by the end of January whether your application is successful or not.
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