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Non-domestic (business) rates support for hydropower

We are providing grants to help eligible hydropower projects with their business rates.   

Hydropower projects extract energy from water courses to generate electricity. The grant scheme, which was developed in consultation with small scale developers, is being continued for 2019-20.

The support will ensure hydropower projects remain sustainable in the short term whilst we work together to investigate these concerns.

Hydropower projects with a rateable value up to £50,000 can apply for support towards their 2019-20 business rates. 

The support available is either:

  • 100% rate relief for community owned hydropower projects, or 
  • for non-community owned schemes, a cap on the increase in liability to 10%, or £1,000 for projects which had a zero liability under the 2010 revaluation.
The Application Form and Guidance document will be available from early April.