A new government drive has been launched to help local people and organisations devise renewable energy plans suited to their areas. The £1.6 million Community Renewables initiative is to set up local support teams in ten areas covering half of England. The aim, says the Department of Trade and Industry, is not only to create environmentally friendly developments, but to enable community groups to benefit directly from the income stream. The support teams will be made up of local councils, energy experts, government bodies and other specialists. Initiatives will be able to draw on areas of government renewables funding, including the £10 million program for renewable energy projects with strong local community interest. "This initiative could lead to schools powered by small scale wind turbines, hospitals with solar rooftops and houses with wood chip fired boilers," says energy minister Brian Wilson.