Community groups across the region are being urged to take advantage of a £1.35million pot to help deliver clean energy projects in their area.
The Rural Community Energy Fund is being delivered by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority and provides grant funding to rural community groups that want to develop their own renewable energy projects.
The cash will help groups across Tees Valley and the North East, along with Yorkshire and Humber, establish projects that will benefit the local community, such as anaerobic digestion, heat networks, heat pumps, hydropower, solar PV and solar thermal, and wind turbines.
The funding is available in two stages – the first stage grants are up to a maximum of £40,000 to develop feasibility studies to determine if a renewable energy project could work. No match funding is required.
The second stage of funding is up to a maximum of £100,000 and is available for advanced project development for projects with a clear business case.