Ynni’r Fro is the Welsh Government programme of support to community scale renewable energy schemes.

The evaluation comprised four components

  • A desk review of the recent history and policy context to Ynni’r Fro.
  • An online survey of community groups that have applied to Ynni’r Fro for support.
  • Follow-up interviews with selected community groups who responded to the survey.
  • Interviews with stakeholders to discuss the design and delivery of the programme.

Key points

  • The national coverage, broad remit and quality of the advice service.
  • The financial support available through Ynni’r Fro.
  • The fact that Ynni’r Fro is a longer term support programme than other initiatives in this area.

Key findings

The evaluation identified a number of challenges to developing a community renewable energy project; looked at the ways in which the Ynni’r Fro programme was already addressing these, and made recommendations on how this could be developed in future.

The main challenges identified were:

  • the shortage of capacity, skills and experience within community groups
  • difficulties in obtaining planning permission and consents
  • challenges in finding funding for preparatory work and capital for scheme development.

Reports

Ynni'r Fro mid-term evaluation
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Ynni'r Fro mid-term evaluation: summary
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Contact

Charlotte Gibson

Tel: 0300 025 1681

Media

Tel: 0300 025 8099