Innovative solar energy schemes win government grants

Innovative solar energy schemes win government grants

Solar energyLondon’s Regent Street and an Eco Centre in Wales are among 18 environmentally-friendly projects that will share over £1.5million in funding.

Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks has announced the latest successful solar energy schemes that will receive government money under a DTI programme.

The projects include a 16th century Grade II Elizabethan farmhouse in Shropshire that has been given over £30,000 so that it can be converted into a carbon-neutral eco-home.

Housing development and education centre schemes have also been given the go-ahead.

Mr Wicks said:

“Solar is a clean, green energy source that the government is supporting through this funding programme and which we will continue to support in future.

“The successful applicants announced today have all demonstrated practical and exciting projects that will add to the proportion of the UK’s energy that comes from renewable sources.”

The DTI’s programme began in 2002 and has been designed to help meet the UK’s longer term need for clean electricity supplies.

It is contributing toward the Government’s ‘10 per cent renewable energy by 2010′ target.

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