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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Community energy grants

The nationwide microgeneration grant scheme has now closed. However, there may be local grants available in your area. Your community can also sell any green electricity it produces using Feed-in Tariffs, and save money by being more energy efficient.

What is microgeneration?

Microgeneration means when individuals, businesses and communities generate heat and power to meet their own needs. Microgeneration systems use renewable resources, like the wind, the sun and water, to create energy.

The microgeneration grant scheme is closed

The microgeneration grant scheme is now closed

The nationwide microgeneration grant scheme is now closed. However, some local authorities are still offering financial help to communities wanting to install microgeneration technologies. To find out what is available in your area:

  • contact your local council 
  • contact the Energy Saving Trust’s energy advice helpline on 0800 512012

Your community can also earn cash-back for selling any renewable energy it produces to energy suppliers, under the Feed-in Tariffs scheme.

Lastly, making your community building more energy-efficient, and using simple energy-saving measures, can save you hundreds of pounds a year.

Feed-in Tariffs

If your community generates electricity through microgeneration, you can sell it to energy companies using Feed-in Tariffs (FITs).

Under the FITs scheme, energy suppliers pay homes and communities who generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources.

The scheme guarantees a minimum payment for all electricity you generate, as well as a separate payment for the electricity you export to the national grid. This is in addition to the bill savings you make by using the electricity you generate.

For more information on FITs, see the information on the Energy Saving Trust’s website.

Grants for energy-saving home improvements

You may be able to get help to pay for heating and insulation improvements in your privately owned or rented home. These grants and offers come from government, your local council or your energy supplier. For more details, and to see if you are eligible, see 'Energy Efficiency grants'.

Saving money on energy

Energy used in homes is responsible for over a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions. Making your community building more energy efficient and reducing the energy people use will cut carbon emissions and could also save your organisation money.

Insulation and heating

The vast majority of energy used in homes is for heating. You can make a huge difference to your community's carbon footprint and fuel bills by taking a few simple steps, like installing good insulation.

Find out more on the ‘Insulation and heating’ page. This page also tells you about financial help available if you’re making energy saving improvements.

Top tips on saving energy

There are lots of things you can do to cut down on your community's energy use. Most are quick and easy – like turning lights off, turning the central heating down a little and only boiling as much water as you need.

Find out more on the ‘Top tips on saving energy’ page.

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