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A new scheme to support smaller businesses in developing renewable energy projects has been launched.

The Welsh Government Local Energy Programme will be undertaken by the Energy Saving Trust, working in partnership with Ricardo Energy & Environment, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Pure Leapfrog.

The project will provide a range of technical advice and support to businesses and organisations, working with them throughout their projects' lifecycles to assess financial viability and provide connections with appropriate lenders in construction finance.

Natural resources minister Carl Sargeant said: "Small organisations and communities with renewable energy ambitions often struggle to achieve their goals due to the range of specialist legal, technical and administrative skills required during planning and development.

"This programme will provide the support needed to help communities identify and overcome gaps in capacity."

Duncan McCombie, director of operations for the Energy Saving Trust, added: "We are keen to reach community groups and businesses who would like to understand the opportunities that energy generation may bring, and will continue to support groups across Wales to successfully complete their viable schemes."

Source: Insider Media

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