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Government fund awards local energy projects

The government’s £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) has awarded funds to 82 local energy projects run by communities throughout England.

LEAF is managed by a consortium of community networks administered by the Energy Saving Trust.

The money given is intended to be used for understanding energy efficiency and renewable energy generation issues at a local level and to help communities to prepare for new opportunities in sustainable energy and climate change arising from the Green Deal, Renewable Heat Incentive and feed-in-tariffs.

There was a high volume of applications for the first round of awards. The second round is open until 20 January and the website above contains full details of how to apply.

Many of the winners are part of the Energyshare network.

£50,000 is the average size of the award for each successful bid, but it depends on the proposals put forward. Any work needs to be completed by end of March 2012.

Peter Lipman, chair of Communities and Climate Action Alliance, said: “Hundreds of communities responded fantastically to the opportunity afforded by LEAF with imaginative and innovative schemes.”

“It’s wonderful to see that many of them will be funded and so will have a chance to show just what those communities can deliver.”

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