Energy company inviting applications for grant funding from community groups

The Looker Energy turbine, in Godmanchester.

The Looker Energy turbine, in Godmanchester. - Credit: Archant

An energy company has set up a fund for environmental projects, using money generated by a wind turbine in Godmanchester.

Looker Energy has pledged that the amount donated to projects in the town will be directly related to the amount of electricity generated by the turbine, which was erected in September 2015.

The 500 kilowatt turbine is located near Wood Green Animal Shelter, in London Road.

Godmanchester resident, Charles Looker, a director of the company, said: “Our main interest is obviously reducing carbon emissions, but we want the fund to support any activity in Godmanchester, or by Godmanchester people, with an environmental theme.

“This could include anything from restoring, or creating a wildlife habitat to putting solar panels on a community building. We also expect educational projects relating to the environment to be supported and there could be some smaller grants for students.”

The fund is being managed on behlaf of Looker Energy, by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, and grants of up to £7,500 per year are being made available.

Mr Looker said submissions for grants would be reviewed by an “independent panel” of people from Godmanchester, who would then advise the foundation.

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Applications for grants in 2017 should be submitted by February 1. The grants are primarily aimed at constituted groups, but educational grants of up to £200 will be considered from individuals living in the parish.

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