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Grants to go green

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Environment and also in Communities, Housing

 Social landlord Riverside has been awarded two funding grants to go green.

The funding forms part of the government’s green agenda for economic recovery, ahead of the launch of its Green Deal later this year.  The funding awards form a share of £5.1 million from the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) awarded to 155 community projects across the country.

A project in Bootle, Liverpool, will benefit from £24,550 to spend on assessing energy efficiency of homes, and recruiting home energy champions from the community.  Meanwhile, Longtown in Carlisle will have £25,000 for Riverside to research greener energy options, to replace expensive oil fired boilers currently in use.

Emily Hoyle is strategic affordable warmth officer at Riverside.  She said:  “We are delighted to have won this extra funding to tackle the challenges of cutting energy use and emissions, and to save our tenants money.”

Riverside plans to work with Groundwork (Lancashire West and Wigan), in Bootle, to train five tenants to become home energy champions.  In Longtown, it is working with the Building Research Establishment to find green energy solutions.

Emily added:  “Tenants are best placed to advise their friends and neighbours on energy efficiency options.  In Carlisle, our challenge is to find renewable energy options for our tenants who are off the gas grid and rely on expensive and unreliable oil fired boilers.”  

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