Since 28 June the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) offers a combination of grants and loans to rural communities for the planning stage of renewable projects. Among solar thermal all other renewable technologies are eligible. “This investment will help kick start hundreds of clean green energy projects in rural areas across England. This new fund will give aspiring communities access to the cash they need to make this happen,” says Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker in a press release published on 28 June 2013.
Country / Region
Great Britain / Rural Communities in England
Name of programme
Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)
Type of incentive
Combined Grant and Loan for financing steps in the development phase of projects including the following technologies
Community scale solar thermal and photovoltaics, wind turbines, micro hydropower, heat pump , biomass, bio liquids and biogas
Up to total Pound Stirling (GBP) 150,000 in two stages:
Only proposals requiring planning permission are eligible.
Applicants for funding must form a legal entity and must be planning a renewable energy project which provides a defined benefit to the community, for example: reduced energy costs for the community and investment in community facilities.
Applicants must have a demonstrable degree of community engagement and support.
No special technical requirements as the fund is not for equipment or installation
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
GBP 15 million
28 June 2013
No expiration date. Programme ends when budget runs out.
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