If you wish to install some renewable energy technologies at your club or training centre, you may be able to access grant funding to help you do this. If your organisation is run as a business, then you could get an interest free loan of up to £100,000 from The Carbon Trust to use on renewable energy equipment. The repayments are based on the savings you make on energy costs.
If your club is run as a charitable organisation, through a local authority, or is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) then take a look at the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. You could get up to 50% funding for the purchase and installation of solar thermal systems, ground source heat pumps, or wood pellet boilers and stoves.
Clean Energy Cashback (also known as Feed In Tariffs), to be introduced in mid 2010, will provide financial incentives for individuals and businesses to install electricity-generating technologies such as solar electricity panels and wind turbines. It will do this by guaranteeing a minimum payment for the electricity generated as well as any electricity exported to grid.
(Please note that these tariffs only apply to England, Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland has not yet taken a decision on Feed In Tariffs. The details of this are currently under consultation and so the information given below could be subject to change.)
Under current proposals, there are three ways in which you will be able to benefit if you have an eligible technology:
- Generation tariff: a fixed payment from your electricity supplier for every unit of energy or kilowatt hour (kWh) generated for a period of 20 years (except for solar PV which would be for 25 years)
- Export tariff: if you do not use the electricity on-site you can export it to the grid. You will get a guaranteed minimum payment additional to the generation tariff for every kWh exported to the grid
- On-site use of electricity: you will also benefit from on-site use of the electricity you generate: where you use the electricity on-site you will be able to offset this against electricity you would otherwise have had to buy
- From April 2010 support will be avaialble for the following technologies
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) (electric)
- Anaerobic digestion
- Biomass combined heat and power (CHP)
- Non-renewable micro-CHP
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