Succcessful Urban Community Energy Fund projects

Application success across the UK

15 September 2015

The Urban Community Energy Fund has now closed for applications. This page profiles some of the projects that were successfully funded.

The Urban Community Energy Fund has had dozens of successful applications for funding to develop local renewable energy projects.

Here they are on the map below. You can click on a pin to find out more about that group.

And here are short snippets on three of the successful applicants:

BHESCO Resources Management Ltd | BHESCO Resources Management Ltd is a social enterprise based in Brighton and Hove, set up to pursue projects to create clean, low carbon electricity and heat from waste materials and renewable resources. Their UCEF funded project is looking to develop an anaerobic digester plant that will provide a sustainable way to dispose of organic waste from local businesses and organisations. They’ve received £20,000 to carry out feasibility work such as assessing the feedstock supply, analysing the expected energy outputs and developing low cost heat networks. They are planning a comprehensive community engagement strategy that they expect will inform the ongoing development of their project. The UCEF grant should help them to assess whether or not an AD plant up to 1MW is possible in their area.

South East London Community Energy | SELCE is a non-profit energy cooperative that works to generate renewable electricity and assist fuel poor households. SELCE has been awarded £17,000 to move ahead with their plans to construct around 350kW of solar PV on a number of roofs in the local area. This money will be used to consult with the public, carry out planning work and undertake legal work with regard to the roof leases. Money to buy the solar panels will later be raised through a 'community share offer', and any income generated will be used to reduce fuel poverty in SE London.

The Broughton Trust | The Broughton Trust is a charity established in 1999 with the aim to support regeneration in all its forms – particularly in East Salford, a very deprived area of Manchester. They have received £15,000 from UCEF to assess the feasibility of a range of renewable technologies in the Salford area, and have indentified the University of Salford as a potential partner. This project forms part of a wider Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities project that is also providing funding for key elements of development such as community consultation and establishing an energy baseline for the community. The group are currently at a very early stage, but the UCEF grant should help them to establish what is possible in the area and what their next steps should be in order to develop a renewable energy project.

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