Campaigners miss out but vow to fight on

ENERGY campaigners in a north Northumberland village are disappointed after missing out on funding for solar panels, but say the story’s not over yet.

Belford Energy Saving Together (BEST) was competing to win funding from the energyshare scheme which supports community-led, renewable energy projects.

The group, which was bidding for around £100,000 to put solar panels on schools, churches and public buildings in the village, had made it through to the longlist of 100 groups.

However, when the final shortlist of 19 was revealed on Tuesday, BEST had missed out on a spot despite consistently being among the top 15 most supported groups.

BEST secretary Nicci Forshaw said: “Planning permissions are going through for those buildings and those processes have been started so they will continue.

“We are still going to stay active in getting funding for solar panels for those buildings as well as looking at other other means of energy generation for the village.

“We are really disappointed not to get through despite the huge support we had because we were in ninth place (by number of supporters), but we hope to build on that momentum.”

She also pointed out that two projects from the North East, in Earsdon and Hexham, did make it through and that they deserve support.