Posted by British Gas in Our World
Energy affects everyone's lives and pockets; the way we think about energy here in the UK is changing fast. Up and down the country there are already hundreds of people getting together and setting up renewable energy projects, proving that there really is an alternative way to do things. Energyshare, an initiative from British Gas and River Cottage is empowering people to do just that.
Hundreds of projects around Britain have been battling it out over the past 6 months in a bid to be one of the first to receive funding from the new initiative. The energyshare launch fund will enable communities to not only save money, but by generating renewable energy they can also create an income stream to support a variety of community activities. These communities have been shortlisted into 18 finalists, all battling to receive funding for their very own projects.
Gearoid Lane, Managing Director of British Gas New Markets, said: “We're seeing a genuine groundswell of interest around the country from communities wanting to generate their own clean, green energy. energyshare is the first initiative of its kind that allows people to have their say in how communities save and generate their own energy.”
There will be 4 recipients of funding, decided entirely by the public via a vote that is taking place at energyshare.com/voting. There are 3 categories: small, medium and large and people can vote once in each category. The public vote, where people will be able to vote on which projects will receive up to £100,000 each from the Energyshare fund, is open from 15th November and closes at 5pm on 3rd December. Anyone voting can also become a winner - River Cottage is giving away 5 books every day to voters. Plus, the energyshare Group that gets the most supporters voting can also scoop a £1,000 cash prize.
Get involved now at energyshare.com/voting and make a difference across the UK.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the campaign too!