Loan Funding

In November 2017 we awarded the full allocation of loan funding worth £128,000 to a variety of innovative projects across the Greater Bristol area. Bristol Community Energy Fund loans have been specifically designed to help community organisations develop renewable energy projects. The loan can help a project get to a position where it should be ‘investment ready’.

It can be used for:

  • Planning application costs
  • Solicitors fees for a landowner lease agreement
  • Solicitors fees for a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
  • Financial modelling
  • Accountants fees for financial due diligence
  • Preparation and launch of share offer
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • Project management costs
  • Costs of arranging a grid connection

We’re working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to administer this loan.

Who decides which applications get funded?

Our loan fund works a little bit differently from our grants programme. For our loan fund we’ve established a decision panel made up of officers from Bristol City Council and our partners at the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

To find out more about the projects that we’ve funded so far, check out our projects map.