Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


  • Comment
Stephen Timms, the new energy minister, has announced the first ...
Stephen Timms, the new energy minister, has announced the first

round of community-based renewable energy projects to receive funding

under the Clear Skies programme.

The 22 successful applicants, from across England and Wales, will

share more than £500k to part-fund a range of locally sustainable

energy projects. Grants awarded in this round will fund projects


* solar water heating for converted housing for the homeless;

* a new rural pilot to provide heating for bungalows for the elderly

where there is no gas supply; and

* a wind turbine for a primary school, being constructed from

sustainable materials.

Mr Timms said:

'The challenges we face to turn the UK into a low carbon economy mean

that everyone will have to change they way they think about and use


'The response to the Clear Skies initiative shows that people across

the UK really understand the impact renewable energy can make to

their community.

'These projects show that thinking small is the first step to

changing the bigger picture. Each one is a contribution to our aim to

generate 10% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2010.'

The £10m Clear Skies programme, launched in January, funds homeowners

and community organisations setting up small-scale renewable energy

projects in England and Wales. The Scottish Executive runs a parallel

scheme for similar projects in Scotland.


1. Clear Skies is a £10m fund established to provide funding for home

owners and small community projects. The initiative is run by the

Building Research establishment. Further information on the Clear

Skies programme can be found here.

2. The total first round of funding totals £514,802 for 22 projects.

Details of the successful project can be found below.

Yorks & Humber

North Yorkshire CC

Technology: Wind turbine Grant: £13,396

Nidderdale High School and Community College. The grant requested is

intended to cover additional costs incurred since the initial budget

was set for the installation of a wind turbine next to the school.

The scheme is already well under way and the turbine should be

installed this month.

BTCV Skelton Project

Technology: Solar thermal, wind turbine and heat pumps. Grant:

£12,092 The project will replace an extremely popular community

resource serving Leeds. Approx. 5000 children and adults visit the

centre per annum. The site incorporates a 2 hectare nature reserve.


Technology: Wind turbine Grant: £4,920

A disused school building in a socially disadvantaged area of Leeds

is being converted by this charity for housing the homeless, to

create 23 single + 1 double rooms for homeless people with retail

space, cafe, IT suite and offices on ground floor.


Chickenshack Housing Co-op

Technology: Solar Water Heating and Biomass Boiler Grant: £6,995

Housing co-operative in Gwynedd. The Co-operative practices Best

Available Technology Not Engendering Excessive Cost. They

have progressed steadily from the original all-electric heating

system and now want to banish smoky and dirty solid fuel stoves.

Cardiff CC

Technology: Solar Thermal Grant: £24,3000 48 new houses as part of

a flagship regeneration in the Cardiff Bay area, all dwellings to

incorporate solar water heating.


Merton LBC

Technology: Solar Thermal Grant: £4,494

The funding will go towards 6, 3 bed, 2 storey existing council

houses in Merton.


Lambeth LBC

Technology: Solar Thermal Grant: £25,809

La mbeth LBC owns 24 out of 29 bungalows in a Banbury (Oxfordshire)

development and is upgrading heating and insulation in properties.

The MAPP Partnership (Registered Charity 1093974)

Technology: Solar Thermal Grant£31,378

The centre in Reading will provide combined new accommodation for

Mary Seacole Day Nursery, Apollo Youth and Phab Berkshire, 3 long

established voluntary organisations serving mainly deprived young or

disabled people. Supported by Reading BC regeneration team and

Groundwork UK.

The National Energy Foundation

Technology: Solar thermal and heat pumps Grant: £12,005

The grant will go towards creating a second low energy office

building at the National Energy Centre housing the National Energy

Foundation. Knowhill, Milton Keynes.


Westlea Housing Association

Technology: Solar Thermal Grant: £7,950

Funding will go towards new build social housing on an existing

estate in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Westlea Housing Association

Technology: Solar Thermal Grant: £21,267

Further new build social housing of 6 family homes in Rudloe,


Penwith Housing Association

Technology: Ground source heat pumps Grant: £95,295

The grant is a 50% funding towards the replacement of existing solid

fuel heating systems in 16 elderly persons bungalows where no gas

supply is available. It also includes 8 new build family houses. This

project is the pilot for the role of a renewable technology in

combating fuel poverty in a rural area.

Loyton Heat Co-op

Technology: Biomass Grant: £81,316

A 'true' community project in Tiverton, Devon, providing heat to a

variety of buildings including residential homes, a meeting hall,

meeting rooms and accommodation.

West Midlands

The National Trust

Technology: Biomass Grant: £7,000

A large estate in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, comprising managed

woodland, agriculture and a larg e manor house, open to the public.

South Shropshire Housing Association

Technology: Solar Thermal Grant:£30,444

High quality social housing to the EcoHomes 'good' standard on a

brownfield site in Craven Arms, Shropshire.

East of England

Basildon DC

Technology: Solar thermal, wind turbine Grant: £48,788

Environmental education centre in Pitsea, Essex. The scheme is part

of a centre development that will demonstrate best practice in

sustainable construction and design, and low energy operation, to a

large number of visitors.

Suffolk CC

Technology: Wind turbine Grant: £10,801

Primary School in Hadleigh, Suffolk. The school is under construction

from sustainable materials and the intention is for it to be

self-supportive from renewable energy forms to deliver both heat and


Thames Chase

Technology: Biomass Grant:£6,450

Thames Chase is a community forest in Upminster, Essex, covering 40

sqm and the aim is to increase tree cover from 8 to 30% over 40 yrs.

Grant will go towards a Biomass heating system for visitor centre.

East Midlands

Newbridge High School

Technology: Solar thermal Grant: £8,211

School in Coalville, Leicestershire - propose to install 8sqm of

Filsol collectors on an inclined frame fixed to the concrete roof of

the humanities building.

Belgrave Baheno (registered charity)

Technology: Heat pumps Grants: £100,000

Building in Leicester designed to be low energy, high sustainability

- rainwater recycling, natural ventilation, CO2 neutral.

Northamptonshire CC

Technology: Solar thermal Grant: £3,125

The Mackintosh Centres is a millennium funded accessible Country Park

scheme, recognised as a national demonstration project in Brixworth,



Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Technology: Solar thermal, biomass Grant: £10,145

New build visitors centre for Cue rden Country Park, Lancashire -

sustainable/recycled construction materials, low energy and

integrated renewable energy design.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.