Grant scheme for microgeneration

Building Research Establishment has launched a new grant scheme for microgeneration and energy saving technologies aimed at helping community-based organisations in England reduce their energy bills and environmental impact.

Funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces Programme, the Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) will provide grants towards the cost of technologies such as solar thermal systems, heat pumps and small-scale wind turbines.

Energy efficiency measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation can also be funded in combination with the microgeneration technologies. Schools, village halls and visitor centres are cited as the type of sites that could benefit from the programme.

Organisations may also submit applications for grants to fund feasibility studies to identify the most appropriate mix of measures for particular buildings. Grants will, however, require match funding.

‘This scheme will enable community based organisations that often have the enthusiasm, but not the means, to take action on climate change,’ said BRE chief executive, Pete Bonfield. ‘The types of grass roots organisations that will be eligible to apply for grants have a vital role in both promoting and demonstrating the types of measures we all need to be installing on our buildings in order to lower carbon emissions and use energy more sustainably.’