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European Energy Efficiency Fund can support feasibility and development work on energy efficiency and small-scale renewables projects.

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A fund is available that can help housing associations to invest in small-scale renewables and energy efficiency projects.

The European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef) has a technical assistance facility that can support feasibility and development work on energy efficiency and small-scale renewables projects. The Fund can support the development of a range of projects, including retrofit and building upgrades and small-scale renewable energy projects. The facility allows housing associations and others to progress the development of energy efficiency and renewable projects.   
The European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef) launched the eeef Technical Assistance Facility (eeef TAF) to support ambitious public beneficiaries in developing bankable sustainable energy investment programmes earlier this year. These projects shall relate to the energy efficiency sector (building upgrades/retrofits), small-scale renewable energy and/or public urban transport.

The eeef TA Facility aims to support the development of schemes that reduce energy use to fundable projects through supporting the necessary feasibility and development work to make a viable project. The Technical Assistance Facility does this by providing consultancy support to carry out work such as feasibility studies, energy audits and legal advice.

The fund is managed by Deutsch Bank AG and backed by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union. The fund previously supported the development of Ore Valley Housing Association’s wind turbine, which will generate income to deliver more affordable housing and fund other community projects. The fund also supported heating system replacements in nearly 200 Ore Valley homes in Cardenden in Fife. More information on the implemented project can be viewed here.

If you have a proposal for an energy efficiency or small-scale renewable project, the fund is open (no deadline) for project proposals on a first-come-first-serve basis, subject to availability of funds. For further information, please go to the ‘How to apply as a TA Beneficiary’ section of the website. Alternatively, if you have a project of interest, please get in contact with eeef directly at technical_assistance@eeef.eu.

Due to the uncertainty caused by Brexit, contracts for development work must be signed by 31/12/2017. Funding terms for projects that proceed then need to be agreed within two years while the UK is still an EU member.