A dozen community energy projects are set to receive up to £500,000 as part of a new funding scheme supported by the Cabinet Office and the Department for Energy and Climate Change, reports Click Green.
The Government says it is eager to support the development of community energy projects to show how social action can help people reduce their energy bills.
The community energy sector is growing, with increasing numbers of new projects being developed. However, smaller energy groups often work in isolation, with no formal networks for skills sharing or mentoring with larger more established organisations.
In response to the problem, the Government has awarded a list of 12 groups between £10,000 and £50,000 so they can form consortia, giving larger groups the resources to mentor others.