Bates urges innovative green communities to bid for slice of £2m British Gas fund

2009 Gorffenaf 22 3:35 PM

Montgomeryshire AM Mick Bates is urging green communities in Wales not to miss out on their share of a £2million fund opened by British Gas as part of its nationwide ' Green Streets ' campaign to encourage innovative energy projects in the heart of British communities. The fund has been established to support a growing grassroots movement across the country of people who want to bring a new lease of life to their community with ambitious energy projects, but who need help to get their plans off the ground. Any community group with a focus on local renewable energy projects, which can range from solar, wind or hydro power to biomass, ground-source and air-source heat pumps, can compete for a share of the money. Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Mick stated: " The British Gas ' Green Streets ' campaign is an exciting initiative which recognises that the battle against climate change starts at home and in our local communities. There are many exciting and innovative energy projects across Wales but people need support to help get these schemes off the ground. " I hope that communities across Wales with innovative ideas for reducing the carbon footprint of their local area will work together to compete for a share of the Green Streets fund. This campaign will help to regenerate communities across the country and put power back in the hands of the people, by encouraging individuals to take action to help build a more sustainable future. " Applications should be made online by 31st August by visiting

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