Renewables company Triodos Renewables have just launched a community benefit fund which will enable communities near Eye access to funding to improve local buildings.
The scheme will offer the opportunity for communities to receive up to £4,000 in funding to implement energy efficiency measures, and we hope this will lead to substantial benefit for communities up and down the country.
· Applications now open for the Triodos Renewables Community Benefit Fund
· The fund offers energy efficiency measures for community buildings in Suffolk
· Community groups could be granted up to £4,000 for works to be completed
Today, Monday 30th November 2015, Triodos Renewables has launched its new Community Benefit Fund. The company has three wind farm projects in Suffolk, and is offering those local communities the exciting opportunity to revamp shared public buildings that need a bit of TLC.
The fund is available for community buildings near to Triodos Renewables’ renewable energy projects. The company has significant presence in Suffolk with Eye Wind Farm, Kessingland Wind Farm and Ness Point Wind Farm.
The nationwide scheme is open to applications from community building operators close to its 15 renewable energy projects that are positioned all over the country, from Cambridgeshire to Dunfermline, Bristol to Haverigg, Cumbria. The fund allows community building owners and managers to apply for advice and funding to implement energy saving and clean energy generation measures in their buildings – including village halls, church rooms, and the like.
By setting up the scheme, Triodos Renewables aims to benefit the wider communities around the sites, and to raise awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency. It is being administered in collaboration with the independent national charity, the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), and using their combined knowledge of energy issues they will enable communities to benefit from intelligent upgrades that promote good energy behaviour and sustainability.
Adrian Warman, Operations Manager at Triodos Renewables, said:
“We are delighted to launch our new Community Benefit Fund as part of our 20th birthday celebrations. We are now able to offer the local community in Suffolk the opportunity to make substantial and important improvements to buildings they care about. We think it’s vital to be connected to the communities that we operate in and to open up dialogue. We’re looking forward to receiving applications and seeing what difference we can make.”
With awards of up to £4,000 being granted to local community buildings, a whole host of changes will be possible, including LED lighting, insulation, draught-proofing, improved heating or lighting controls. Triodos Renewables are also offering the option to use the funding for selected professional advice leading to long term improvements in energy efficiency, and CSE will be providing templates and guidance and home energy efficiency advice to householders in the local community.
Janine Michael, Head of Development at CSE, commented:
“Community buildings and shared spaces of all kinds can host all sorts of activities and be a valuable asset for the neighbourhood. But all too often they are underused because they’re cold, damp or draughty, or because the heating and lighting costs are too high. It can cost relatively little to make significant improvements, but finding the money can be difficult.”
The Triodos Renewables Community Benefit Fund is part of the company’s commitment to the local communities it operates in and is in addition to the range of local schemes already in place. It has previously hosted two family open days at their Avonmouth Wind Farm, opening up turbines and encouraging the local community to find out more about wind energy. It also works with schools across the country to provide valuable education about renewables including part of Bristol 2015’s national education programme, Sustainable Learning, with their virtual field trip to a Triodos Renewables site.
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About Triodos Renewables Plc.
Triodos Renewables is a UK public limited company, with over 5,000 shareholders.
It works with partners to develop and acquire projects, and invest in innovative companies in the sustainable energy sector. Its portfolio includes fifteen sustainable energy projects (three of which are in construction) with a total capacity of 62.3 MW which once operational will be able to produce enough clean, green renewable energy for the equivalent of more than 40,000 homes1
Triodos Renewables has invested in a number of wind farm projects, such as the Haverigg II Wind Farm in Cumbria, a re-powering wind farm project at Caton Moor in Lancashire, a single wind turbine in the Orkneys, and Avonmouth, located on a wastewater plant near Bristol.
Triodos Renewables is the trading name of Triodos Renewables plc., Registered in England & Wales, Registered office: Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AS (registered number 2978651).