A PIONEERING scheme to encourage Kirklees householders to generate their own power has been given a regional award.
The RE-Charge scheme is run by Kirklees Council and enables householders to install microgeneration equipment to save on energy bills.
The scheme currently provides interest-free loans of £10,000 which does not need to be repaid until the property changes hands.
The scheme has won an award for Best Policy/Policy Tool in the 2010 Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Awards which are sponsored by the Energy Saving Trust.
Since it was launched in 2008, RE-charge has carried out 336 free home surveys. Seventy installations have been completed, with 149 in progress.
The types of technology covered by the scheme include biomass, solar thermal and photo voltaic systems, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps.
Clr Mehboob Khan, Cabinet member for the scheme, said: “Part of the process that customers value is impartial and professional advice when an application is made to see what scheme would be appropriate for which property.
“Removing the up-front costs encourages more people to install renewable energy systems and an important part of the scheme is to support households in fuel poverty who cannot afford to heat their homes properly.”