Local Energy Challenge Fund re-opens for applications



Local Energy Scotland_logoThe Local Energy Challenge Fund (LECF) Round 2 is now open for applications.

The Local Energy Challenge Fund is available to commercial businesses, manufacturers, universities, housing associations, local authorities and community groups in order to support large-scale local low carbon demonstrator projects which show a local energy economy approach linking local energy generation to local energy use.

In the first round of funding, 114 applications were submitted and 17 projects were awarded phase 1 support.

Six projects across Scotland will now benefit from more than £20 million in funding from the first round of support from the LECF that will help reshape how energy is delivered and used in communities throughout the country.

This could include projects looking to develop innovative distribution and storage solutions, with an overall aim to create more local value and benefit. The LECF Fund is available to anyone who fits the project criteria: www.localenergyscotland.org/challenge

The deadline for completed Phase 1 applications is 25 May 2015: challenge@localenergyscotland.org

Local Energy Scotland is planning to run LECF funding workshops in Edinburgh and Dundee later this month. Dates and venues for these workshops are currently being firmed up.

If you are looking for a partner as part of your consortium for Round 2 of the LEC, The Energy Academy at Heriot Watt University may be able to help. Alternatively the Energy Academy may be able to help you find a commercial partner if you are an academic working in the areas covered by the call. To discuss your idea and what expertise you think we can offer, contact: energy@hw.ac.uk

Nigel Holmes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), commented: “This funding confirms Scotland’s position as a global leader in renewables and low carbon development – with the successful LECF recipients including three with SHFCA member and hydrogen / fuel cell technologies:

  •  £4 million to Bright Green Hydrogen to use hydrogen to meet local transport, heating and storage needs across Levenmouth
  •  £3.2 million to Sunamp and Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association to develop innovative local heat storage solutions including fuel cell CHP
  •  £1.35 million to Orkney Islands Council for ‘Surf ‘n’ Turf’ Hydrogen Project using hydrogen energy conversion with tidal and wind on Eday

“It is most encouraging to see that £8.5 million has been awarded to LECF projects with key SHFCA member involvement for innovative use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

“I hope that this forthcoming LECF round will also see a similar level of SHFCA member involvement, as many of our technologies are very well suited to distributed energy solutions in community projects.”

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