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Rural Community Energy Funding (RCEF) Award

6th July 2020 | by Energy Oasis

Energy Oasis have successfully secured a £40,000 Stage 1 Feasibility Grant on behalf of Scrayingham Parish Council for the Leppington Energy Community Interest Scheme.

Leppington is a small village in the Ryedale area of North Yorkshire. There are currently c.30 residential properties in the village, and a dairy farm.

A Feasibility Study will determine the opportunity to provide the entire village with a local district heating network fed from an anaerobic digester or bio-mass plant sited on the farm, and renewable generation technologies, also sited on the farm, to provide a secure and stable electricity supply to all premises in the village.

A Request for Proposal (RfP) has been issued to appropriate consultancies to conduct the Feasibility Study providing technical design and specifications; a viable commercial arrangement in the current regulatory and competitive market; and a business case model.

Energy Oasis will support the Parish Council in the appointment and management of the consultancy providing the Feasibility Study; and provide input to the design arrangements, community engagement, and funding possibilities.

It is anticipated that any feasible solution will be developed and implemented by a newly created legal entity – the Leppington Energy Community Interest Company (LECIC); and that this could, at least in part, be funded by and reward local investors.

If successful, it is intended that the solution will be applied to other rural communities. Energy Oasis are already receiving enquiries from such communities for equivalent schemes.

The purpose of the Rural Community Energy Fund is to provide feasibility and project development grant funding to rural community groups that want to develop their own renewable energy projects.  The Rural Community Energy Fund is being delivered by Tees Valley Combined Authority across the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.


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