Beith urges bids to rural energy fund

Sir Alan Beith MP is urging rural communities across Northumberland to bid for part of a £15million Government fund to help them generate their own green power.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), which has just opened, is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects, and fund the costs associated with applying for planning permission.

It is intended that communities will then be able to attract private finance to pay for renewable-energy kit and get projects running.

An application form can be found at http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/rural-community-energy-fund

Sir Alan said: “Northumberland residents are well known for their ability to work together and secure real improvements and benefits for their communities.

“This new fund offers our communities the chance to bid for funding to develop clean, green energy projects from hydropower to anaerobic digestion.

“I hope that communities across the county will look into this scheme and if I can be of any help in supporting bids and securing funding I will be glad to assist them.”