A new sustainable energy project has just started on the Somerset Levels, the intention being to help communities on the Levels to install their own small-scale renewable energy facilities. The Levels and Moors Energy Project will run in three phases:
- Stage 1 involves publicity and calling for expressions of interest from the local community. This is the position the project has reached at the moment. A short list of viable projects will then be compiled.
- Stage 2 involves workshops and feasibility studies of accepted schemes. Grounds for acceptance include financial and technical viability, likelihood of receiving planning permission and broad acceptance by the local community.
- Stage 3 involves selection of the best 10 to 15 schemes which will then be given more detailed support to ensure financial and technical viability plus support for acquiring equipment , action planning and community engagement.
The project is being funded by the European Union through the local Regional Development Agency as part of the larger Regional Development Programme for England (RDPE).
For further information contact Bridget Newbery on 0117 934 1413.