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The Energy Saving Trust has awarded£450,000 worth of grants to six councils, following a competitive process to im...
The Energy Saving Trust has awarded£450,000 worth of grants to six councils, following a competitive process to implement a variety of different innovative projects. The schemes that have been awarded grants are: Daventry DC, Forest of Dean DC (working with Severn Wye Energy Agency), Newport BC (working with Groundwork Bridgend), The City of Edinburgh Council, (working with LEEP), Scarborough BC and South Somerset DC.

Innovative projects aim to provide a reduction in carbon emissions through new and innovative means. They also help encourage local authorities to develop partnerships with other organisations. The innovative projects come in many forms, such solar power schemes, wind turbines, renewables, sustainable construction and many other energy efficiency techniques and measures.

In order to receive the grants councils had to submit a detailed business plan, having successfully carried out a feasibility study. The six schemes, selected out of seven that applied, were those that had provided business plans which the EST believe can be successfully implemented and will benefit their communities. The awarded schemes vary in size but all aim to provide alternative ways of improving energy efficiency.

Eoin Lees, chief executive of The Energy Saving Trust said, 'We are delighted to have awarded funding to these councils, we hope that this will encourage other councils to introduce their own innovative programmes to improve energy efficiency. These innovation projects are an exciting way of bringing energy efficiency to residents using the most up to date methods and technology.'

The EST has been encouraged by the positive response there has been to the innovation programme and is hoping to fund further projects later this year.

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