Now in its fourth year of operation, the Bright Green Energy Trust (BGCT) is inviting applications from community-based groups in the Holme Valley for grants which can help deliver projects which will reduce carbon emissions and build awareness of climate change. Around £50,000 has already been claimed by groups as diverse as Thongsbridge Tennis club and Holmfirth Arts and Music. Last year, River Holme Connections, a charity dedicated to improving the environment in the valley won a grant for £3000 which allowed the planting of native trees and hedges. Honley-based Eden’s Forest group received £9,800 to create a model solar, wind and hydro generating system and run school sessions to show children how renewable energy systems can help reduce production of climate-changing gases.
The money for BGCT is generated by a wind turbine located near Hade Edge. In 2015 a partnership of Longley Farm and 180 mostly local investors set up the scheme which generates enough green energy to supply 188 homes, saving about 287 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The turbine also makes money selling electricity to the national grid, and a portion of this money goes to fund community projects.
This year a record £30,000 is available – groups can request amounts of up to £3000 for work or equipment which will actively reduce our carbon footprint in this valley. Requests can cover a whole project or be a contribution to something bigger. One grant for £10,000 may be awarded to a group with a really ambitious plan which will build awareness of climate change in the Valley.