STCE Update Oct 2021 Community Benefit Fund Now Open for Applications
STCE have been asked to distribute £20k of Community Benefit Fund money from the Twemlows Solar Farm.
£10k of this is available to community projects within 15 miles of the site at Prees Heath. This money will be distributed by the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity, see https://www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/.
The other £10k is available for environmental projects around Shropshire and Telford. There is a maximum of £5k per project, organisations need to be fully constituted with a bank account and any expenditure already committed is not eligible. For the full criteria and application form please email email@example.com. The deadline for applications is Nov 15th and decisions should be announced by Nov 29th.
Marches Energy Agency have completed their very useful work on the scale of renewables required in the Marches to meet the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) targets. We’ll post a copy on this website soon.
The Bishop’s Castle Heat & Wind project run by Sharenergy has moved forward very quickly. A wind constraints study has been completed and a survey and public meeting have been held. The meeting was very well attended and 122 survey responses have been received. There is very strong support both the heat network (82%) and the wind turbine (79%). A request has been sent to the Town Council for both the heat network and the wind turbine to be included in the town’s Neighbourhood Plan. See www.lightfootenterprises.org.
Both of these pieces of work have been funded through the grant STCE have received from Next Generation. see https://www.next-generation.org.uk/
Meanwhile discussions re the purchase of Twemlows Solar Farm continue slowly. We expect to know more early in 2022 with a share offer possibly after Easter 2022.