energyshare is to celebrate Cornwall’s energy pioneers by launching energyfund Cornwall, which will use the power of the community to get support for community-led renewable energy projects.
Applicants will need to demonstrate that their local community supports their project, using a bespoke and unique online platform powered by the UK’s leading rewards-based crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder.
The energyfund Cornwall team are looking for projects at all stages of their renewable journey, from early ideas to fully fledged plans, so Cornish communities of all shapes and sizes can get involved and positively benefit their local areas.
Groups will be able to start the application process for these funds on the 14th July by registering their project or idea at www.energyshare.com. Any group or community in Cornwall with a great renewable energy idea is encouraged to sign up and all participants will be expertly guided though the process by a “energyfund coach” who will help them gather support from their local area and get their project off the ground.
Winners’ success will be celebrated in an awards event in November where leaders in the renewable energy sector will come together to recognise their achivements.
Abbie Brook, Programme Manager, energyshare, comments: “By releasing this funding we want to truly transform the opportunities local groups have to generate their own energy and directly benefit their communities – taking the county an important step closer to energy security in challenging times.
“We are working closely with Cornwall Council and our local partners on energyfund Cornwall. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Cornish communities to get their wind, solar, or other renewable technology projects to the next stage.”
Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Localism, said: “energyfund Cornwall is very good news for Cornwall. It is also an exciting example of the positive benefits which can be achieved when communities work together. “I am very proud of the part that Cornwall Council has played in supporting this scheme and I am sure that many other parts of the country will be keen to follow Cornwall’s example.”
Phil Geraghty, MD of Crowdfunder said: “This is a great example of how Crowdfunder can build bespoke campaigns to harness the power of the crowd for brands and partners. We are particularly pleased that we are pioneering this approach in Cornwall first.”
energyshare are working with a variety of local partners on this initiative including Cornwall Council, Community Energy Plus, Community Power Cornwall, KABIN and Communities For Renewables.
To find out more and apply for funding please visit: www.energyshare.com/energyfund-cornwall