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"Renewable energy revolution" scheme announced

Community Energy Plus (CEP), a Cornish-based charity, has announced a plan to allow local residents and community groups to access Feed-in Tariff funding.

The scheme, announced on the This is Cornwall website, consists of a £20 million solar energy fund, is believed to be the first of its kind.

Neil Farrington, CEP sustainable energy projects manager, said: “We’ve developed this scheme in response to the challenge that many non-commercial organisations face when looking to get their own renewable energy projects off the ground.

“Many lack the up-front investment to buy a system outright but are also wary of the limitations of ‘rent a roof’ offers.

“At a time when grant funding for such initiatives has greatly reduced and energy bills are continually rising, this offer provides a fantastic but limited-time opportunity for community buildings to secure multiple benefits of the renewable energy revolution.”

The scheme is being run in partnership with local companies and is expected to assist in excess of 300 local companies before 1 April 2012.