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Power company seeks knockout energy schemes for round two of funding

Thousands of pounds are up for grabs in the second round of UK Power Networks’ Power Partners funding, launched during Community Energy Fortnight (22 June – 7 July 2019).

From Press releases - 27 June 2019 12:00 AM

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The country’s largest electricity distributor, is again inviting charities and community groups to apply for grants under its £300,000 Power Partners fund which aims to support organisations that work to alleviate fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat.

Funding is available to groups based across UK Power Networks’ distribution area of London and the East and South East of England. One organisation that has already benefitted from Power Partners funding is the Museum of East Anglian Life in Suffolk. The museum used its £18,000 grant to install a 30Kw solar panels to their Collections and Conservation building, enabling their own power to be used on site. The solar panels will help reduce the museum’s energy bill by around £6,000 a year, money that can be reinvested in its charity work.

Jenny Cousins, director of the Museum of East Anglian Life, said: “We are very grateful for the help that UK Power Networks have given us. Installing solar panels will make a huge immediate difference to the museum and to our sustainability – it's an investment which will continue to support our community work for the next two decades.”

Veronika Karailieva, stakeholder engagement manager for UK Power Networks, said: “Round one of Power Partners already saw a multitude of community groups and charities across our network receive grants from £2,000 to £20,000. This additional support will mean more people in vulnerable circumstances in our communities will benefit from energy efficiency advice and vital community groups will be able to run their services in more energy efficient facilities.”

The deadline for applications for round two of Power Partners funding is midnight on August 18, 2019. Power Partners is administered in partnership with leading energy justice charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE).

Read more and see how to apply at