Solar energy comes to the heart of communities thanks to £88,000 of grant funding

Council News
11:12, Wednesday, 22nd March 2023

Rural hubs including town halls and sports pavilions, as well as a town centre project that helps the homeless, are to receive a share of £88,240 of grant funding so they can install solar panels on their buildings.

The panels will drastically reduce energy bills, help protect the centres against price increases and put North Lincolnshire further down the road towards a green, sustainable future.

Cllr David Rose, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “This is a major step forward that will see local communities embracing green energy and cutting carbon emissions as well as energy bills.

“It is exactly what we want to see happening in North Lincolnshire – communities and organisations taking advantage of the help available to them to take positive action for the environment.”

The money has come from the SSE Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

In 2013, energy company SSE developed a 34-turbine site in North Lincolnshire and pledged more than £8.5m for community projects, including the SDF.

The SDF is aimed at community focused or charitable organisations with projects that can achieve a significant impact in local communities and allow the benefits of renewable energy development to be accessible to a wide area.

Projects that have been approved to receive the funding include:

  • Foreman Carter Centre at Westwoodside Playing Field
  • Winterton Community Pavilion
  • Broughton Village Hall
  • Crowle & Ealand Playing Field Pavilion
  • Crowle Community Hall
  • The Forge Project in Scunthorpe, which supports homeless people

The council’s environmental aims, including an ambitious pledge to reach net zero on carbon emissions by 2030, are available on the A Green Future pages of our website.

To find out more about SSE funding please visit the Community Grants and Funding page of our website.