Almost £2 million to deliver a new wave of energy projects in the South West has been awarded to Bristol City Council, in partnership with Devon and Plymouth Councils.
The €1.9 million grant from the European Investment Bank and the European Commission will fund new energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and heat networks projects across Bristol, Devon, Plymouth and the wider region over the next three years.
This is Bristol City Council’s second successful funding bid from the European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility which provided the city with £50 million in funding for a host of energy and sustainability projects for the city in 2014.
This second round of funding will focus on scaling up in the South West region and kick-starting a number of new energy projects across other areas in the South West, all managed by a central delivery team in Bristol, as the lead organisation. This will mean hundreds of projects to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and domestic properties around the city, as well as increase the electric vehicle infrastructure. The funding can also enable more solar projects in the city, building on the council’s existing 8MW (enough to power around 8000 homes) of solar PV installed in recent years.
Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste and Regulatory Services, Councillor Kye Dudd said: “This is yet another really exciting step towards carbon reduction in Bristol. The scale of sustainable development generated by the last ELENA grant made an enormously positive impact on our ability to deliver clean energy for the city, so we have high hopes for the opportunities that come with this latest round of European funding.
“It’s great that Bristol has once again been recognised as a national leader in the field of sustainability as our goal to become a carbon neutral city by 2050 moves a step closer. It’s even more exciting now that we are in a position to share our knowledge and expertise with other parts of the region, helping them to reduce carbon and provide clean energy to towns and cities across the South West.”
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The funding will help us to kick start a range of projects which will support the council in delivering its target of reducing the Devon region’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
“These projects will also give us more control over energy use, will reduce air pollution from transport and generate energy which will improve the quality of life for Devon’s residents.
“We anticipate that this funding will stimulate Devon’s renewable energy sector and lead to at least £16m being invested into low carbon projects in the county.”
You can find out more about the city’s existing energy projects on the council’s Energy Service website: www.energyservicebristol.co.uk