Closed to new applications
The West of England Local Energy Scheme is now closed to applications. Details of the projects awarded funding will be available shortly.
What are the benefits?
Small-scale generation of renewable energy provides the UK with clean, low cost energy. It is part of the UK’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. Community energy projects can create a real sense of community cohesion, based on a shared concern for the local and global environment.
The £500k Local Energy Scheme will help fund innovative projects delivering up to 4 MW.
How is this funded?
The West of England Local Energy Scheme is part of the £1.7 million Low Carbon Challenge Fund (LCCF), managed by WECA and funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 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.
Why are WECA supporting this?
The LCCF supports WECA’s aim to create a diverse, resilient, and affordable energy system that enables economic growth whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with national targets. The LCCF will also fund Green Business Grants to support energy efficiency improvements in small businesses.