The Local Energy Service will provide advice and funding to social enterprises and SMEs to develop renewable energy projects that deliver benefits to people and communities in Wales. All renewable energy technologies are eligible and detailed eligibility criteria are listed below but any scheme that wishes to receive support must be able to demonstrate how they contribute to the Well Being of Future Generations Act goals and specifically the following indicators:
- Capacity (in MW) of renewable energy equipment installed
- Percentage of people who feel able to influence decisions affecting their local area
- Emissions of greenhouse gases within Wales
- The social return on investment of Welsh partnerships within Wales and outside of the UK that are working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We will help you to understand what benefits your project can deliver and more information is available at the Welsh Government website.
Community groups/social enterprises
Support is available to formally constituted social enterprises. A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.
Funding and support is available to SME’s subject to the following eligibility criteria being met:
- An SME means a small company as one with fewer than 200 employees and a medium company as one with between 200-500 employees and have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43million euro.
- SMEs must demonstrate that they have undertaken initial feasibility work including an initial site appraisal, pre-planning enquiry with the local planning authority and an enquiry with the DNO.
- We expect shared ownership to be the preferred model for sites with a total installed capacity of 250kW+ (heat, wind and PV) and 50kW+ (hydro).
- Where shared ownership is not appropriate more than one organisation must be shown to benefit from the project
- The value of the aggregated benefit must total £5k/MW (heat, wind and hydro) and £2,500k/MW (PV)
- Examples of the types of benefits include:
- Safeguarding or creating employment
- Ecological/environmental improvements
- School visits to site
- Reduced energy costs to a community building through direct supply or PPA