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TOPIC: Funding Streams for Renewable Energy Schemes

Funding Streams for Renewable Energy Schemes 2 years, 6 months ago #1

As a public sector worker trying to implement renewable energy schemes within buildings I am finding it increasingly difficult to find ways to fund such schemes. The government states that public sector should take the lead in promoting and installing renewables, and yet budgets are being stripped back to support the deficit. There are funding options available such as Salix, however, due to the criteria stating payback must be within 5 years it makes it nearon impossible to obtain funds. I have heard that Siemens have recently offered £50m to support renewables, which is supported through the Carbon Trust, but how do I tap into this fund within a time period that would ensure the income from the feed in tarrifs and renewable heat incentives?

Re: Funding Streams for Renewable Energy Schemes 2 years, 6 months ago #2

The carbon trust has a dedicated helpline that can assist you with these issues. The number is 0800 085 2005

Re: Funding Streams for Renewable Energy Schemes 2 years, 6 months ago #3

At HMP IOW we have worked with Partnership For Renewables , a Carbon Trust iniative, to try to put a wind turbine scheme into operation

Re: Funding Streams for Renewable Energy Schemes 2 years, 5 months ago #4

The Government have set an ambitious target to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 60% by the year 2050. Since  27% of the UK’s CO2 emissions come from energy use in residential homes, would it be fair to raise the question “Has the UK workforce the appropriate skills to meet the green demand?”

Furthermore the Government has recently released its wide ranging Carbon Plan, the aims of which focus on jobs and economic opportunities within a low carbon economy; thus a larger workforce with “green skills” will be required, to help UK businesses compete effectively in this growing market.

South Cheshire College owns a Primary School premises near the centre of Crewe, Cheshire.  The school was previously used as a child care centre and administration block whilst the new college campus was being built. The school now lies empty and the College has two options, to sell or to convert and refurbish. The College would like to explore the latter option. However we seek advice and support from our local employer base and those chartered professionals/organisations who would have a vested interest in the project.

Aims• To convert a Victorian building with high energy use into a building with low energy use and which falls within carbon targets.• To install cutting edge green technology to the facility to identify how buildings of the past can be converted to meet environmental targets.• To provide a bespoke training facility that meets all the employer demands for upskilling employees with green skills.• To ensure the qualifications are fully accredited.• To provide a wide range of sustainability/environmental qualifications ranging from Level 2 to Level 6.• To allow the employers to have an input on how they want the facilities designed.• To provide work skills for the local community.• To capture funding and support from local, regional and European partners.• To complete the project in two phases –

Phase A: Conversion, and Phase B: Fit out InitiativesInstallation of Photovoltaic panels, Installation of Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems, Installation of Water Harvesting Systems, Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pump Systems, Health and Safety – Installation of Technology, Green conference facilities, Reduced training costs for members, Visitor centre and Bespoke courses to suit your requirements

We are holding a launch event at South Cheshire College on the 13th of July at 6.00 pm. To confirm your places or to respond to any further questions please contact: Karl Jackson [email protected] or telephone 01270 654668. Please feel free to forward this invite to anyone else you feel may have an interest in this project.
Last Edit: 2 years, 5 months ago by Scott Buckler.

Re: Funding Streams for Renewable Energy Schemes 2 years, 5 months ago #5

Given that the Government have set an ambitious target to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 80% by the year 2050 and that 27% of the UK’s CO2 emissions come from energy use in residential homes, then would it be fair to ask the question “Has the UK workforce the appropriate skills to meet the green demand?”
Furthermore the Government have recently released its wide ranging Carbon Plan, the aims of which focus on jobs and economic opportunities within a low carbon economy, thus a larger workforce with “green skills” will be required. Fuller (2011)As the use of alternative technologies emerge, that is Photovoltaic panels, Water Harvesting Systems, Geothermal Heat Source to name but a few, one would assume that the Government would have also implemented accredited training, qualifications and regulation and that the educational provision within colleges would have indeed factored in growth provision to meet this new demand in training the UK workforce!I am aware that some qualifications have just been launched by Sector Skills and that several FE providers have in fact taken up the initiative several years ago to ramp up resources to facilitate innovative new programmes. Theses Colleges have now become leading organisations in educational provision for alternative technologies.However many Further Education Colleges did not, and the situation has become a paradox for some colleges, whereas the need to offer traditional based skills such as brickwork and joinery have been the norm for many years.For those that are in this situation questions will now be raised, including “How can we plan to meet the skills gap?

The push to supply the domestic market with alternative technologies has already beginning to emerge. The need to support our workforce with a range of accredited qualifications must surely be seen as a priority!

Re: Funding Streams for Renewable Energy Schemes 2 years, 5 months ago #6

Replying to Karens email - We have also found it very difficult to obtain funding, as you have identified, the Government are expressing clear green targets......but where is the money! We need to have access to a well structured funding mechanism.
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