Nearly £50,000 in funding has been allocated for an energy saving project aimed at helping Holy Island residents and visitors towards a greener future.
The Holy Island Energy Saving Project has been given £49,850 and is one of the first of around 80 home-grown schemes to win backing from the Government’s new £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF).
Work undertaken as part of the Northumberland Local Carbon Framework pilot project has already produced a comprehensive energy audit for the island. Covering businesses, households and community facilities, it incorporates many ideas from local people on how to save energy and develop small scale renewable power generation.
The LEAF funding will support work to develop these measures and help deliver energy efficiency and low carbon power solutions.
Commenting, Councillor Roger Styring, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “At a time when people are worried about rising energy bills, this funding is a welcome boost to help people save energy and keep costs down.
“This project demonstrates that going green is a realistic, practical way of helping save money in ways that work for a particular area.
“Local communities will be put at the heart of the UK’s effort to rise to the enormous challenge to get clean and cheap energy, and in efforts to halt climate change and to end our reliance on the erratic markets of imported oil and gas.
Secretary of state for energy and climate change, Chris Huhne, added: “We face a gigantic challenge in the coming years to keep the lights on and energy bills down. This means nurturing cleaner, more secure, home-grown energy sources here in the UK so we are not so dependent on imported gas, and boosting the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses to cut out waste.
“Local communities, with their energy, drive and innovation, are going to be at the heart of this effort, and I hope that this funding acts as a booster rocket to the winning projects.”