LEADER theme 4 aims to provide specific and tailored support to help communities and social enterprises explore renewable energy sources. This work could involve initial feasibility and viability studies on potential schemes for renewable energy generation, including proof of concept and trials for community-owned renewable technology projects on a micro scale, which, if successful, could then be scaled up. The theme will also provide training, educational visits and capacity building for community groups looking to take on a community-led renewable energy scheme. Other activities will include testing new technology and raising awareness of renewable technologies energy efficiency and climate change mitigation initiatives.
Projects supported include a Bonwm Hydro Power Feasibility Study, a project providing energy monitors to community buildings, and project with North East Wales Energy Advice Centre advising people in fuel poverty.