More projects get solar funding -

More projects get solar funding


LONDON — London's Regent Street and an Eco Centre in Wales are among 18 solar energy projects that will share over £1.5million in funding.

Malcolm Wicks, Energy Minister, has announced the latest successful solar energy schemes that will receive Government money under the Solar Photovoltaic Major Demonstration Programme.

The projects include a 16th century Grade II Elizabethan farmhouse in Shropshire that has been given over £30,000 so that it can be converted into a carbon neutral eco-home as well as the Regent Street venture and Eco Centre in Glamorgan. Housing development and education centre schemes have also been given the go ahead.

The DTI's PV programme began in 2002 and has been designed to help meet the UK's longer term needs for clean electricity supplies. It is contributing toward the Government's '10% renewable energy by 2010' target. The Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the DTI administers the programme, which to date has given out grants totalling over £20million.

There is still funding available for large scale projects, deadlines for applications are 2 September and 2 December.

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