The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund was open for applications for about six weeks in Summer 2014. It closed very quickly after it was announced that half of the funds had been allocated. The second release of funds opened for applications on 10th December 2014. This time the available funds were split between £24 million for solid wall insulation and £6 million for other energy saving measures. The funding for solid wall insulation was all allocated by the day after release but applications can still be made for support for other measures. These are all measures that are not supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive or by the Feed-in Tariff schemes.
It has just been announced that the third tranche of funds is to be released on 16th March 2015. You can register your interest to receive updates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org If you are interested in support for solid wall insulation the only way to have any chance of funding would appear to be to have a Green Deal Assessment and to have an installer ready to proceed so that you can apply for funding immediately on the day of release.
For further information see the DECC web page
The Community Interest Company Moor Sustainable is working with the local community to see if small scale `solar smallholdings’ would be a viable option to the north of the Esk Valley, around the area of the Mulgrave ward (stretching from Aislaby and Sandsend to Scaling and Staithes).
The proposal would be for up to 5 `solar smallholdings’ around the villages in the Mulgrave area, either ground mounted, roof mounted on large agricultural buildings, or brownfield sites. A number of sites are being investigated and were presented at a meeting in Mickleby Village Hall in November. Each installation would power, on average, nearly 60 houses and would be funded through community shares with investment from members of the community and probably some other outside investment. The investment should pay a reasonable return and in addition there would be rental income for the landowner and a small annual amount would also go to community initiatives in our villages. It would be a good opportunity for our area to become more self-sufficient in energy, for our community to work together to do our bit on cutting down on CO2 and combating climate change, and would bring investment into our area.
Moor Sustainable has employed a consultant (with funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund) who is looking at potential sites, liaising with Northern Powergrid, and working on the business case. At this stage it is just a feasibility study, so nothing is decided, but we are contacting different sections of the community to see if they would support such a scheme.
A survey has been set up to collect views from the community. Your views are very welcome. Please complete the online survey by Saturday 24th January.
The Esk Valley Community Energy Group committee is delighted that Mike Ford, one of its members, has been voted Green Energy Champion 2014 at the Community Energy Awards ceremony in Oxford on 4th September. Visit the Community Energy Awards website to see the other finalists.
Esk Valley Community Energy Group
As a founding member of the EVCEG, Mike has given talks, hosted visits to his house and visited other people’s homes when requested. Not only has he undertaken much of the renovation work in his Victorian property himself, to incorporate many carbon reducing features, but he has also measured the difference these have made. This information was used, by his wife Debbie, to write a series of articles for a local magazine and fed into a case study for a Green Open Homes event.
Whitby Esk Energy Community Hydro
Without Mike’s knowledge and expertise (much of it gained through researching issues as they arose) and unwillingness to give up in the face of many barriers, our community hydro would not now be generating green electricity.
Some companies are offering to install wood pellet boilers free of charge. There has been at least one advertisement for this in the local press. The company provides the boiler and funds the installation by claiming the Renewable Heat Incentive. This is very similar to the “rent-a-roof” schemes for providing solar PV panels that existed before the first major changes in FIT payments. The YouGen website gives practical information on renewable energy. It includes a page on problems with free boiler schemes.