Ed Davey has announced a £10m funding injection for community-owned renewable energy projects.
The upgraded Urban Community Energy Fund fund will offer grants of up to £20,000 and loans up to £130,000.
A government statement points out that whole communities can save money by installing solar panels on local buildings or building an anaerobic digestion plant to create energy from local waste.
Making the announcement on a trip to a solar-powered brewery in East Sussex, Davey said: "I want to give more people the power to generate their own electricity and by supporting community energy projects we can - helping them drive down their energy bills at the same time.
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