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Renewable Energy Grant Funding Available for Farmers and Land Managers - Jonathan King (SEEDA)

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This presentation formed part of the Farming Futures workshop 'Profitable business in a changing climate: Renewables Masterclass' …

This presentation formed part of the Farming Futures workshop 'Profitable business in a changing climate: Renewables Masterclass'

March 22nd 2010

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  • 1. Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007 – 2013 and Renewable Energy Jonathan King European Project Manager SEEDA
  • 2. Overview of RDPE
  • 3. RDPE 2007 to 2013 • Total budget £3.9 bn funded by – Defra £850m – EU £750m European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – Voluntary Modulation £1.5bn + £800m from Defra • £3.3bn via Natural England & Forestry Commission • £554m via Regional Development Agencies
  • 4. RDPE objectives Axis 2 • Improving the environment and the countryside – Entry Level Scheme – Higher Level Scheme – England Forestry Grants. • 80% of the budget • Delivered by Natural England and the Forestry Commission
  • 5. RDPE objectives Axis 1 • Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors • Includes supporting, for example – Training and technology transfer – Renewable energy projects – Adding-value – Improved water resources management – Making better use of forestry • 10% of the budget • Delivered by Regional Development Agencies
  • 6. RDPE objectives Axis 3 • Improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification • Includes supporting, for example – Farm diversification – Rural tourism – Rural micro-businesses – Assisting rural communities • 10% of the budget • Delivered by Regional Development Agencies
  • 7. Funding 2007 to 2013 Axis 1 Axis 3 Total N East £15m £32m £47m N West £38m £36m £74m Yorks & Humber £32m £34m £66m East Mids £28m £32m £60m West Mids £34m £32m £54m East of England £24m £41m £65m South West £49m £52m £101m South East £27m £37m £64m
  • 8. RDPE Funding for Renewable Energy Projects Funding available through two measures: • Modernisation of agricultural holdings (axis 1) • Diversification into non agricultural activities (axis 3) Which measure is dependant on how the energy is used
  • 9. Modernisation of agricultural holdings (Measure 121) To be eligible under this measure the majority of the energy released for use must be used on farm within the farm business
  • 10. Modernisation of agricultural holdings • Who’s eligible under this measure? Farmers, land owners, groups of farmers • What level of grant available up to 40% Budgetary constraints may limit amount
  • 11. Diversification into non agricultural activities (Measure 311) To be eligible under this measure the majority of the energy released for use will be sold
  • 12. Diversification into non agricultural activities • Who’s eligible under this measure? Farmers, Groups of Farmers • What level of grant available either up to 50% to a maximum of 200,000 euros or flat rate of 20% budgetary constraints may limit amount
  • 13. What Type of Energy Projects are eligible: • Any small scale on farm system producing renewable heat or electricity E.G.: Biomass Hydro-electric Solar- thermal and photovoltaic Anaerobic Digestion Wind Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • 14. What costs are eligible? Building costs, Technical equipment, Consultancy fees What costs are ineligible Grid connections Statutory fees e.g. planning permission
  • 15. RDPE, Feed in Tariffs & Renewable Heat Incentives Complex so be cautious Take independent professional advice
  • 16. The application process • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to SEEDA • SEEDA respond to EOI • Submit application to SEEDA • Application appraised by SEEDA • Application put to Regional Appraisal Panel (RAP) • RAP make formal offer of grant • Accept offer and commence construction
  • 17. Do’s and Don’ts Do’s • Talk to us about your project before you submit an EOI • Obtain planning permission before you submit an application • Keep us informed as your project proceeds Don’ts • Don’t start work or commit to capital expenditure or purchase equipment before you receive a formal offer of grant.
  • 18. Further information Further details on RDPE can be found at: http://www.seeda.org.uk/rdpe/ Or Telephone Jonathan King on 07789171621