Welsh communities to get £8m green energy boost

Published:  26 January, 2010

MID-GLAMORGAN: Over £8m is to be made available to help community organisations in Wales invest in new technology to generate renewable energy, Environment Minister Jane Davidson announced during her visit to the Cwmclydach Development Trust in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Welsh Assembly Government initiative is backed with over £7m from the EU's European Regional Development Fund and will generate an investment of £15m.

The Community Scale Renewable Energy Generation project will provide finance of £100 000 to £300 000 for each project to support the development of community-based renewable energy schemes such as wind, biomass and hydro-power.

The funding will enable around 22 new and existing social enterprises to install the technology to generate electricity which they can then use or sell to the National Grid, or even to their communities, providing an on-going source of income.

The jobs created will support the social enterprises established through the scheme.

Ms Davidson said: "It is an integral part of our One Wales agenda to cut carbon emissions and invest in the development of locally-based renewable energy solutions."

Projects to take part in the scheme will be identified by Development officers who will scope out prospective schemes and provide advice and support on the type of projects eligible for support.

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