The largest loan facility for a community energy project of £2 million was secured by Energise Barnsley from Ignite
(ignitesocialenterprise.com), allowing EB to install on 321 tenanted houses in late 2015, and to facilitate EPC
certificates on community buildings, pre-register those sites with OFGEM under community energy
tariff. If this loan facility had not been in place, the project would have halted, as it coincided with the
release of the government Feed In Tariff consultation. This loan facility has now been combined with community bond finance and a long term loan from Charity Bank, through an inter creditor agreement. Energise Barnsley is now being asked to look at other low carbon technologies using this business model, which is scalable for all local authorities.