Support is available for local groups interested in generating sustainable energy and saving money. The Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (LAG), which is administered by Ceredigion County Council, can help local rural communities spark their renewable energy project ideas with support available under the ‘renewable energy at a community level’ LEADER theme.

As part of the support available, local groups interested in generating sustainable energy and saving money could be inspired by visiting established community-led renewable energy projects, to explore the options of developing initiatives of their own. Organising partner and stakeholder consultations is also an element that can be supported under this theme.

Councillor Rhodri Evans, the Cabinet Member responsible for Economy and Regeneration said, “We’re blessed in Ceredigion. We don’t have to look far to see that our county has outstanding natural assets, but we could benefit more from them. While harnessing the potential of our county’s landscape and climate, not only could we be strengthening our economy, saving money and protecting our environment, but our rural communities will be making an invaluable contribution to a more proactive and resilient Ceredigion.”

The ‘renewable energy at a community level’ theme is one of the five themes set out under the LEADER scheme. LEADER, which aims to support innovative responses to opportunities or challenges faced by rural communities, is supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

If you have an idea that could help make the most of renewable energy in your rural community and for information regarding eligibility of support, please call Meleri Richards or Marie Evans on 01545 572063. For further detail on the five LEADER themes and to see how other projects in Ceredigion have benefited from Cynnal y Cardi support, please click here.

The closing dates in 2018 for submitting ideas/expressions of interest under all five themes are: 10 September and 17 December 2018. All submissions are welcome in Welsh or English.