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Ynni'r Fro renewable energy 'happening' - researcher

A scheme to help community groups generate renewable energy which has been criticised over revelations that only one of its 102 projects has started producing electricity is on track, a researcher said.

Ynni'r Fro has spent £2.4m of public funds since launching in 2010.

It gives preparatory grants of up to £30,000 and grants or loans of up to £300,000 towards installation costs.

The Welsh government defended the scheme as helping communities "take control of their energy needs".

The Conservatives have called the scheme a waste of money.

Earlier this year, the Welsh government commissioned an evaluation of the scheme from research and strategy consultants, Brook Lyndhurst.

Lead researcher Tim Knight said the projects were not off track and needed to be supported.

He told BBC Radio Wales' Mai Davies it was complicated to put together.

  • 12 Nov 2014
  • From the section Wales
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