Working in partnership, the Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park are pleased to announce a new round of funding from the Carbon Neutral Exmoor project to support community-based renewable energy projects.
Funding is available to cover the costs of installing renewable energy (including both power and heat) within community buildings across Exmoor National Park. The funding is offered as a grant repayable via the government’s Clean Energy Cashback for a period of ten years or until the grant is repaid (whichever is the shortest). This is at minimal risk to the community as cashback payments (through the Feed in Tariff for power and the Renewable Heat Incentive for heat) are guaranteed for a 20-year period once a project is accepted and the grant is only repaid via these contributions.
Archie McIntyre, Fund Manager and Vice Chairman of the Exmoor Trust , commented: “We’re delighted to be able to play an active role in supporting communities that wish to take advantage of cleaner and cheaper energy. Our hope is that any community organisation that is interested in sourcing alternative power or heat requirements will be able to do so without having to find the significant capital funds often required for such schemes.”
On behalf of Exmoor National Park Authority, Dan James, Sustainaheble Economy Manager, said: “To date the fund has been able to support over 20 community projects through the Carbon Neutral Exmoor project, incorporating a range of technology from solar pv to woodchip heating systems. Not only is this work helping to reduce carbon emissions within the National Park, it is also helping to provide modern facilities within community buildings and helping them to reduce their monthly expenditure on fuel bills.”
Community buildings that have benefitted in the past have include sport clubs, village halls, community-owned shops, schools and even a pub. At this stage any organisation that may be interested in taking forwards a project is encouraged to submit brief details to the Exmoor Trust as an expression of Interest by the end of March 2016. This will help to assess demand for the scheme now and into the future and the Trust will advise you as to whether a project might be eligible for a full application. For further details please visit www.exmoortrust.org.uk/carbon_neutral_exmoor_fund.php.