On Friday, Crowdfunder UK and M&S Energy announced the winners of the M&S Energy Fund. The projects involved in the fund vote involve energy efficiency, hydro projects, solar PV projects, and storage of energy. Speaking about the fund, the crowdfunding platform reported:
“Twenty-five renewable community energy projects have won a share of the £300,000 M&S Energy Community Energy Fund powered by Crowdfunder. The 2017 winners beat 156 projects nationwide to receive up to £12,000 of funding for their local clean energy project. This year’s competition was fierce; 2017 saw the largest community campaigning effort out of the fund’s three-year history, with public votes surpassing 100,000 for the first time. This announcement follows a six-week-long campaign by each project calling on the local community to show its support after the projects were shortlisted for the prize back in July.”
The winners are the following:
- Forest Row Community Group: Will fund solar installations and battery storage schemes for the local area.
- The Avenues Youth Project: Will install LED Lighting which will rejuvenate their facilities and lessen energy costs.
- Berkshire Women’s Aid: Plans to install Solar PV panels, and in turn improving the quality of life of the women and children taking refuge there.
- St. Andrew’s CE Primary School: Plans to install LED lighting across the school site and
raise awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency amongst staff, parents, and children.
Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of M&S Energy added:
“Our community energy fund has grown from strength to strength over the last three years; this year for the first time ever we surpassed 100,000 public votes. For us that means there’s 100,000 people here in the UK committed to protecting our environment and creating sustainable energy solutions – what M&S Energy is all about. We were bowled over by the innovation and creativity displayed by this year’s community projects. The fund is a great way for us to connect with some brilliantly innovative energy projects and reach our goal to help at least 200 communities to reduce their carbon footprint as part of Plan A 2025.”