Cash rewards for low carbon electricity and heating

Households can earn £900 a year by installing solar panels on their roofs as part of a new Government scheme to pay people to generate their own electricity. Under the deal, which will start from April this year, households will be paid for electricity fed into the grid from renewable technologies. The most attractive rate of return will be on solar panels, which for an average sized three bedroom home could earn households £25,000 over 25 years. Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said he expected that one in 10 homes will have installed renewable power on their homes in the next decade. He pointed out that the payments would be tax-free and a return of up to 9 per cent annually was better than any bank could provide. Householders and communities can apply for the feed-in tariff from their electricity supplier from April 2010.

£8 million green energy boost for Welsh communities
Over £8 million will be made available to help community organisations in Wales invest in new technology to generate clean, renewable energy, Environment Minister Jane Davidson has announced. The funding is expected to create up to 22 jobs.

The Welsh Assembly Government initiative is backed with over £7 million from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund and will generate an investment of £15m. The Community Scale Renewable Energy Generation project will provide finance of £100k to £300k per project to support the development of community based renewable energy schemes such as wind, biomass and hydro power. The funding will enable around 22 new and existing social enterprises to install innovative technology to generate electricity which they can then use or sell to the National Grid, or even to their communities, providing an on-going source of income.

In addition, around 135 small grants of up to £3,000 will be available to help communities to undertake feasibility studies into potential renewable energy schemes followed by 35 grants of up to £20,000 to help them develop their projects.

Welsh third sector declaration on climate change
All types of organisations and groups in the third sector are encouraged to sign up to WCVA’s climate change declaration as a way of making a public declaration about their commitment to tackling climate change – both through their internal practices and the work they do with people and communities across Wales. The declaration can be found on WCVA’s climate change web page, alongside some useful ‘where to go for help guidance’ listing sources of help and support for taking action on climate change.

Guardian 10:10 campaign – WCVA signs up
WCVA has now signed up to this Guardian climate change campaign; this new initiative shows that we can all act now – and achieve something. The idea is simple: by signing up, individuals and organisations commit to doing their best to cut their emissions by 10% by the end of 2010, precisely the sort of deep, quick cut the scientists say is needed. For more information

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One Response to “Cash rewards for low carbon electricity and heating”

  1. Green Energy Images Says:

    Implementing programs like this is an excellent way to encourage people to try green living. Sometimes, all it takes is a little nudge and the rest will follow suit.

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