North Tyneside groups get share of Northern Powergrid funding

North Tyneside Friends of the Earth Jonathan Pope, Steve Manchee and Anne-Claire Leydier, sustainability manager at Northern Powergrid. Picture by Craig Leng.
North Tyneside Friends of the Earth Jonathan Pope, Steve Manchee and Anne-Claire Leydier, sustainability manager at Northern Powergrid. Picture by Craig Leng.

Two borough groups have benefited from a cash boost to help energy schemes flourish in the community.

North Tyneside Friends of the Earth and Northern Community Power were among ten sharing £50,000 from Northern Powergrid’s funding pot.

The Seed Fund provides vital community energy funding. We congratulate the winners and look forward to following their projects as they prepare to get them off the ground in the months ahead

Anne-Claire Leydier, sustainability manager at Northern Powergrid

Friends of the Earth will undertake feasibility studies on three schools, producing a design layout for PV panels and an economic assessment.

Northern Community Power will hold an introductory community engagement workshop attended by 12 neighbouring community centre representatives to guide them through measures to reduce energy costs,.

Anne-Claire Leydier, sustainability manager at Northern Powergrid, said: “We want to enable the communities we serve to explore community energy and engage them in positive discussion from day one of their projects about how they can connect into the region’s power network.”

“The Seed Fund provides vital community energy funding. We congratulate the winners and look forward to following their projects as they prepare to get them off the ground in the months ahead.

“Our two recent community energy events were the ideal platform to celebrate their success; kick-start their ventures and inspire other groups to consider ways they can innovate in their own communities with projects to manage and reduce energy use and support work to reduce fuel poverty.”