ECO-MINDED locals are invited to get sustainability projects off the ground with help from a new Saddleworth Hydro Sustainability Fund (SHSF).
Saddleworth Community Hydro group designed and launched an innovative turbine at Dovestone Reservoir – the first high head system in England to use an existing dam.
Now, after they have been generating renewable electricity for two-and-a-half years, they are launching the Fund in April.
It will provide modest grants to stimulate and assist community sustainability projects in Saddleworth, in particular those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The group said: “It has always been the company’s intention that surplus funds from the sale of electricity would be used to help other sustainability projects in Saddleworth.
“We are pleased we can now pilot this during 2017-18, with grants capped at £500, though applicants may be able to access other sources of funding to enable larger projects.
“We would particularly welcome applications that will enable young people to participate in activities concerning renewable energy, reduction of carbon emissions and climate change.
“This supports the Oldham Pledge, which seeks to ensure all Year 7 pupils will be able to contribute to environmental sustainability, amongst other things.
“From mid-2018 onwards, we expect to increase the grant size to a probable maximum of £2000 and focus on renewable power and other sustainability projects across Saddleworth and neighbouring areas.”
For more information and the application form, go online: www.saddleworthhydro.co.uk
MEANWHILE last month Oldham Council welcomed visitors from across Europe ahead of the start of a new project to help develop community energy schemes.
The meeting was the first step in a five-year project which will see public bodies from across Europe share expertise to help community energy projects get off the ground.
Find out more online at www.interregeurope.eu/COALESCCE/