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Even Easier to go Green!

IT WILL NOW BE EVEN EASIER TO GO GREEN

Bedford Borough Council will now provide 50% match funding, approximately £250, of the upfront cost of an energy survey for non-profit organisations including schools, community groups, village halls, and voluntary organisations.

 

The organisations will be able to benefit from a change in the criteria set in upfront costs on energy surveys, such as an Energy Performance Certificate for a community building through the new criteria of the Mayor’s Climate Change Fund.

 

The aim of providing 50% match funding of the cost of an energy survey is to allow community groups, who are considering improving the energy efficiency of their community building, to prioritise and install energy saving measures identified in the recommendation report to begin saving money on energy bills.

 

The community group can then make a further application to the Climate Change Fund for 50% match funding to install eligible measures such as insulation or heating improvements, which they would like funding support to install.

 

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides a rating (such as A, B, C or D) that compares the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that the building could achieve along with a detailed recommendation report showing how the building’s energy consumption and carbon emissions could be reduced if measures were implemented. 

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: ”This change will further allow community groups to get specialist advice, in order to discover where they can generate the maximum savings in carbon and subsequent costs. Many of these schemes pay-back in a couple of years, which will mean lower running costs going forward for these voluntary organisations. These measures will help the environment at the same time, making it a win-win situation.”

 

The minimum grant level of the Mayor’s Climate Change Fund is £5,000 and the maximum level is £20,000. Applicants need to provide 50% match funding of the total project cost from other sources.

 

Michael Ellis, The Chairman of Yelden Village Hall, said: “The Photovoltaic (PV) system at Yelden Village Hall, which was part funded by the Climate Change Fund, has produced 4 Megawatts of electricity in the 12 months since it has been installed. This result is 15% more than we budgeted for and this has offset 2.5 tonnes of carbon! We are very pleased that we made the investment.”

 

The fund is open to voluntary / community groups, tenants / residents associations, not for profit organisations, registered charities, public sector bodies and social enterprises and more information on the fund can be found on the Council’s website at www.bedford.gov.uk/sustainability or by emailing climatechangefund@bedford.ac.uk

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