M&S unveils winners of £400k community energy fund

A total of 26 renewable projects have won a share of a £400,000 Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) fund. The British retailer launched a competition earlier this summer to help non-profit organisations such […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A total of 26 renewable projects have won a share of a £400,000 Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) fund.

The British retailer launched a competition earlier this summer to help non-profit organisations such as sports clubs, schools and local libraries go green.

The Hartlepool Solar Schools project, which aims to install solar panels in 37 schools, has been awarded the biggest share with £40,000.

Charity Just Around the Corner has won £20,000 to install a solar system on its site and stables.

Another 19 regional projects will receive up to £12,500 each from the pot to develop their renewable programmes.

All these projects were selected by public vote.

A further five projects, chosen by a panel of judges including former Energy Secretary Ed Davey, were awarded up to £12,500 each.

They include solar and biomass projects.

Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of M&S Energy said: “We have a very worthy list of 26 winners from a whole range of projects which all exemplify the innovative approach communities across the UK are taking to generating their own energy.”