M&S ENERGY LAUNCHES Â£400,000
COMMUNITY ENERGY FUND
The M&S Community Energy Fund
was launched at the start of this month to support community renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK.
Any not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits can apply, whether a community energy group, a sports club, library, school or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment. Following the initial application and shortlisting process, the winners will be decided by public vote, enabling local communities to vote on the project they believe offers the greatest benefit to them.
Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday 29th July 2015. The judging panel, made up of renewable energy experts from M&S Energy and SSE, will then agree a shortlist ahead of the final public vote, which opens on Monday 17th August and closes on Wednesday 30th September.
The judges will be considering entries based upon their social and environmental impact and will be scored against a variety of criteria, including:
- A clear business case that gives value for money
- An engaged and supportive community
- A measurable community benefit
In addition to the public vote, there will be one Judgesâ€™ Prize for the most innovative or inspiring project, whether in the technology being used or in the groupâ€™s approach to the renewable energy challenge.