The Local Energy Scheme supports and funds renewable energy projects across the West of England. The Scheme is helping us to deliver our commitments to increase renewable energy generation, decarbonise local energy systems and support local communities in the West of England. The scheme has had 2 rounds, awarding money to ambitious projects.
The Local Energy Scheme now supports and funds renewable energy projects of under 1 megawatt (MW) in the West of England. The Scheme has previously funded larger projects but has reduced the capacity of projects due to grid connection issues.
Round 1 awarded £500,000 to Ambition Community Energy (ACE) to build a 150-metre wind turbine in Avonmouth, delivering 4.2 megawatts (MW) renewable energy generation capacity and enough electricity to power over 3,000 homes. This community-led project supports the delivery of the Ambition Lawrence Weston Community Plan.
Organisations who want to partner with the West of England to create a resilient and affordable energy system can get further advice from the South West Energy Hub. The Hub offers support in developing and implementing local energy projects as well as step-by-step advice for business cases, from planning to financing.