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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 05 12:31 pm    Post subject: Innovative solar energy schemes win govt grants  Reply with quote    


London's Regent Street and an Eco Centre in Wales are among 18 projects that will share over 1.5million in funding

Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks has announced today the latest successful solar energy schemes that will receive Government money under the Solar Photovoltaic Major Demonstration Programme.

Malcolm Wicks said: "Solar is a clean, green energy source that the Government is supporting through this funding programme and which we will continue to support in future with the Low Carbon Building strategy currently being developed. The successful applicants announced today have all demonstrated practical and exciting projects that will add to the proportion of the UK's energy that comes from renewable sources."

The projects include a 16th century Grade II Elizabethan farmhouse in Shropshire that has been given over 30,000 so that it can be converted into a carbon neutral eco-home as well as the Regent Street venture and Eco Centre in Glamorgan. Housing development and education centre schemes have also been given the go ahead.

The DTI's PV programme began in 2002 and has been designed to help meet the UK's longer term needs for clean electricity supplies. It is contributing toward the Government's '10% renewable energy by 2010' target. The Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the DTI administers the programme, which to date has given out grants totalling over 20million.

David Weatherall Solar PV Programme Manager at the Energy Saving Trust said; "We are pleased that we were again able to offer grant funding to a wide variety of innovate projects. The overall standard of applications was really high and it's encouraging to see the excellent work being carried out across the UK to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

"There is still funding available for large scale projects, deadlines for applications are 2 September and 2 December. For more information on how to apply contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 298 3978 or visit our website http://www.est.org.uk"

Notes to Editors

* The Low Carbon Building programme consultation is currently open. Click on the link for more information: http://www.dti.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-1504.html

* The successful solar projects are:

London City Hall - The London Development Agency (81.18kwp)

83-97 Regent Street - Crown Estates (23.4kwp)

Consort Road Housing Development, Peckham - Presentation Housing Association Ltd (10 kwp)

196-208 Kensal Road, Kensal Town - Octavia Housing and Care (40kwp)
Acton High School - Costain Engineering and Construction Ltd (18kwp)
Shoreditch Canalside Workspace - Shoreditch Trust (10kwp)

Ashburton Learning Village - London Borough of Croydon (21.3kwp)

Hillview (Croydon) Ltd Commercial Units (50.4 kwp)
E-Con Margate Housing Scheme (44kwp)

Stoughton Community Centre (9.18kwp)

Chewton Mendip Farmhouse (6.703kwp)

Land Heritage Charitable Trust - Summerhill Farm (7.77kwp)
PCFE Tower Block - Plymouth College of Further Education (84.87kwp)

Harper Adams University College (10kwp)

NaREC Building (45.75kwp)
Cadoxton Ponds Eco Study Centre (5.01kwp)

Rogerstone Primary School - Newport City Council (9.7kwp)
Rhyl Miniature Railway - Rhyl Steam Preservation Trust (11.2kwp)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 05 10:06 am    Post subject: grants Reply with quote    

Just got a letter from the Council, refusing me Energy Tax Credit...no domestic wind turbine allowed, too near other houses....single brick walls, not allowed...floors not insulated below..(the cherry picking insulation people wouldn't even consider it) solar panels not economic...woodburners might be grantable...these grants you mention, Behometh, must be going somewhere but not that I can see on older urban properties.Probably to factory units wanting a big turbine for subsidized electricity.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 05 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I suspect that retrofitting is expensive but also if older urban properteies qualify then that's a hell of a lot of householders who could ask for a grant. So from their point of view you set narrow criteria to deliberately exclude such properties.

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