M&S Energy has launched the M&S Community Energy Fund, with up to £400,000 available to support community renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK.
Any not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits can apply, whether a community energy group, a sports club, library, school or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment.
Following the initial application and shortlisting process, the winners will be decided by public vote, enabling local communities to vote on the project they believe offers the greatest benefit to them.
There are estimated to be over 5,000 community energy groups currently active in the UK, with over 700 launching every year since 20081.
The fund’s launch comes as M&S Energy moves to supplying 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.
M&S Energy will generate electricity from 46 hydro power stations in Scotland equivalent to the consumption of its customers.
Sourcing responsibly in a world that is increasingly resource constrained is central to Plan A and this marks a significant step towards M&S’s target for all products to have a Plan A quality by 2020.
Head of M&S Energy Jonathan Hazeldine said: “To mark M&S Energy’s electricity going 100% green, we want to help more communities in the UK to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable.
“The M&S Community Energy Fund will enable a wide range of groups to get their projects off the ground and we’re looking forward to hearing about innovative projects that will benefit local communities across the UK.”