round of community-based renewable energy projects to receive funding
under the Clear Skies programme.
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
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
'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.
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.
Technology: Solar Thermal Grant: £4,494
The funding will go towards 6, 3 bed, 2 storey existing council
houses in Merton.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.