Local groups successful with LEAF applications

More than a dozen CSE-backed groups win funding from DECC

16 January 2012

Before Christmas, CSE was working flat out to help support a number of applications for the first phase of the Government's only recently-announced new scheme, called the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF). And an announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate (DECC) today suggests all this work was not in vain.

In all, 13 CSE-supported schemes were named as being successful and will receive a share of £4 million in funding. There are 82 groups being supported in total.

“We're excited we were able to support so many groups and are looking forward to working further with many of them to get their project off the ground." said Rachel Coxcoon, CSE's Head of Local and Community Empowerment.

"The new fund has proven very successful in helping to motivate groups and support them in assessing local options for either saving energy or generating renewable energy, and it represents a real boost for the community energy sector.

"To have a total of 13 applications awarded funding is a major achievement considering the challenge of preparing and submitting a bid in the short time-scale that was given for the first phase of applications."

The successful bids CSE supported were:

  • PURE Polperro Community Group Ltd (Cornwall)
  • Bedminster Energy Group (Bristol)
  • Quantock Eco Community Group (Somerset)
  • Bristol Green Doors
  • Future Fit Bristol (Bristol)
  • Low Carbon Gordano (Bristol)
  • Taunton Transition Town
  • Wraxall & Long Ashton (Somerset)
  • Fillongley Carbon Reduction Club (North Warks)
  • Greening Alton and Hollybourne (Hampshire)
  • Barcombe Energy Group (East Sussex)
  • OVESCO Mountfield Road (East Sussex)
  • Willow Hills Residents Association (Surrey)

The South West emerged as the big winners, with a quarter of all successful bids coming from the region.

Launched at the start of December, LEAF saw over 200 groups from across England and Wales apply as part of the first phase for a share of £10 million in funding to help boost energy saving or green energy projects. The second phase of applications closes on Friday 20 January.

The money from LEAF will go to ensuring that local communities nationwide are well-prepared to take up options for saving energy at home, including the home energy improvements that will be available through the Government’s forthcoming Green Deal financing scheme. It will also go some way to assessing the potential for community-led renewable projects such as solar PV, wind and biomass in many areas of the country.

Rachel added: “The popularity of this new £10 million fund shows the huge level of interest in community energy projects across the country – and it also shows that the government is starting to take community energy proposals seriously.”

If you or your group would like to find out more about how CSE can help or what it offers to community groups, visit here.

Alternatively, email communities@cse.org.uk or call 0117 934 1400 and ask to speak to someone about LEAF.

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