The Local Energy Scheme is a key part of the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA’s) commitment to achieving net zero carbon (Climate Emergency Action Plan) and to supporting a green recovery from COVID-19 (West of England Recovery plan).
Ambition Community Energy – Wind Turbine
The West of England Combined Authority has awarded £500k grant to Ambition Community Energy for a community owned wind turbine in Avonmouth. The project was set up by local charity Ambition Lawrence Weston. The 150m turbine will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 3,850 homes. This project will not only help decarbonise electricity but support delivery of the Lawrence Weston Community Plan. Read more about the project in the press release here.
How is this grant funded?
The West of England Local Energy Scheme is part of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund (LCCF), managed by WECA and funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). LCCF is a £4.2m project with £1.7m grant available. Established by the European Union, ERDF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. This is confirmed funding and will be unaffected by Brexit.
South West Energy Hub
Organisations keen to partner with the West of England to create a resilient and affordable energy system for the area can get further advice and information from the South West Energy Hub. You can access their website via this link https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/south-west-energy-hub/. The Hub offers support in development and implementing energy projects, and step-by-step advice business cases to planning and financing.