A public vote got underway yesterday to decide which four community renewable energy projects would win up to £100,000 each from the Energyshare Fund.
Four winners will be chosen by the vote from a shortlist of entries split into three categories. The aim of the fund — a joint initiative between energy provider British Gas and television chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage — is to enable communities to save money by installing renewable energy systems but also to create an income stream to support local activities.
Hundreds of projects around Britain have battled it out over the past six months to become one of the 18 finalists (see box below). The vote is open until 5pm on 3 December.
Large project Hexham River Hydro, Sheffield Renewables, Harbury Energy Initiative, The Hub Lyme Regis, Greater Manchester Carbon Co-op, Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network
Medium project Portobello & Leith Community Wind Energy Project, Old Basing Baden Powell Centre for Scouts and Guides, Crowborough Rugby Football Club, Tutbury EcoPower, Earsdon Renewable Energy, Environment Centre Swansea
Small project North Devon Hospice, Millhouses Mill Buildings, Shrewsbury Hydro, Strathpeffer, All Saints Wokingham, Awel Aman Tawe,Southend Unitarians