Yearly Archives: 2010

Presentations celebrate achievements of SIEU Programme

A pioneering educational project, which over the past year has seen Cornish students between the ages of 15 and 21 working with local businesses as real life sustainable energy consultants, celebrated its completion at the end of term presentation events at Duchy College Stoke Climsland. Almost sixty students from five Cornish schools and colleges across the county made presentations to their business clients on Wednesday 15th December as part of the Schools for Intelligent Energy Use (SIEU) Project, which is …

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Cornwall Sustainability Award win for Neil

The achievements of Community Energy Plus’s Sustainable Energy Projects Manager have been recognised with an award at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards on Friday (3rd December 2010). Neil Farrington, who has worked with the Camborne based Community Energy Plus since 2002 received the ‘Best Individual’ award at the event celebrating the work businesses and communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are doing to improve their sustainability. Speaking after the event Neil said: “Over the past eight years I have …

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Ladock and Grampound Road community project wins top green energy award

The Low Carbon Living Ladock and Grampound Road project has been named Best South West Community Initiative in the prestigious 2010 Green Energy Awards.  The award – which recognises the achievements communities that have been effective in working to reduce energy consumption and increase renewable energy generation for the benefit of the community – was presented at a glittering ceremony, held at the Bath Assembly Rooms on 23rd November.  Head judge of the category, Alison Field from the Forestry Commission, …

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Local environmental projects welcome National Social Enterprise Day

While the term social enterprise is attracting regional and national attention in the media, many people are unsure of what the term means and are unaware of the great work that is being done by local social enterprises. Thursday 18th November marks National Social Enterprise Day and three Cornish social enterprises with environmental aims are hoping the day will raise the profile of the range of local projects that are successfully delivering social, environmental and financial returns. For more than …

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Local businesses to benefit from students energy efficiency expertise

As the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project breathes new life into some of Camborne’s most historic buildings, students from Cornwall College Camborne and Camborne Science and Community College are sharing their skills as energy consultants to help reduce the environmental impact of the renovations. The assignments are part of the Schools for Intelligent Energy Use (SIEU) project which includes eleven partners across nine EU countries.  The UK element of the programme is being delivered by Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s leading …

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Wendy Violentano presents Phil Legrice and Ian Smith with their ESF award

Environment sector strengthening project wins ESF award

Wendy Violentano presents Phil Legrice and Ian Smith with their ESF award

The Strengthening the Environment Sector (SES) project, developed jointly by Cornwall College Business and the Environmental Skills Network (ESN), has been recognised for its sustainable development ethos. The project, which receives ESF Convergence investment via the Skills Funding Agency has been awarded an ESF Equal Opportunities and Sustainable Development Mainstreaming `Leader’ Award. The awards recognise organisations that have made a special commitment to mainstream equal opportunities or sustainable development. The awards were presented on Thursday (October 28th) by chair of …

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Energy Advice events for Coverack, St Just and Pendeen residents

Residents of Coverack, St Just and Pendeen and the surrounding rural communities will have the opportunity to pick up some top tips on how they can save money by reducing their energy use during two energy advice events.  Community Energy Plus’s Rob Pickering, who works as a Sustainable Energy Community Officer for West Cornwall as part of the West Cornwall Local Action Group project, will be hosting the information events as part of the two year project to encourage rural …

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Cornish charity encourages householders to get energy wise

As Monday 25th October marks the start of National Energy Saving Week, Community Energy Plus, a Cornish charity which delivers sustainable energy projects, is encouraging householders in the county to keep the heat in and the cold out and look at how they can save energy at home and reap the rewards of lower energy bills. Ian Smith, Managing Director of Community Energy Plus hopes that Cornish householders will rise to the challenge of National Energy Saving Week. He said: …

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Cornwall Council supports Community Energy Plus insulation scheme

Householders in Cornwall can receive a helping hand to keep warm and save money on their heating bills this winter with the launch of an insulation scheme funded by Cornwall Council. Community Energy Plus – Cornwall’s leading charity delivering local solutions to fuel poverty, energy efficiency and renewable energy, is working with Cornwall Council to deliver free and discounted loft and cavity wall insulation to 3,500 privately owned or rented households across Cornwall.Free insulation is being targeted to householders in …

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SIEU 2 Presentations at Community Energy Plus

Students pitch green energy ideas to local businesses

SIEU 2 Presentations at Community Energy Plus

Students from three separate vocational courses at Cornwall College have demonstrated their skills of working as sustainable energy consultants when they made presentations to local businesses. Over the last term 42 students have been working with Fugro-Seacore Ltd in Falmouth, Adelaide Stores in Tolvaddon and Potager Garden in Constantine to analyse energy consumption and investigate renewable technology opportunities. The weeks of research were put to the test recently as the groups of students pitched their recommendations to their business clients. …

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Ladock and Grampound Road residents enjoy Low Carbon community tours

Residents of Ladock and Grampound Road took the opportunity to see renewables in action across their community when the parish’s ‘Low Carbon Living’ project held its first open day tours recently. The event was organised by Community Energy Plus who secured funding for the initiative through the Low Carbon Communities Challenge and have managed the delivery of the project. Guided tours of a selection of participating properties provided a chance for parish residents to see a number of renewable energy …

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Blue School holds Green Day

Pupils at St Columb Minor School (known as the Blue School) swapped their usual timetable on Tuesday (7th September) for a day learning about sustainable energy and global citizenship as part of the school’s annual ‘One World Week’. During the Green Day students took part in a variety of workshops including a wind turbine building session delivered by the education team of Cornwall’s leading sustainable energy charity Community Energy Plus. Gill Harper, the school’s business manager, said: “Our Green Day …

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Cornwall College Camborne students get to work as green energy consultants

42 students from three Cornwall College courses are getting ‘real life’ experience of working as green energy consultants through a pioneering programme linking education with business through sustainability. The Cornwall College Camborne students are working on projects as part of the Schools for Intelligent Energy Use (SIEU) project which is funded by Intelligent Energy Europe, with eleven partners across nine EU countries.  The UK element of the programme is being delivered by Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s leading charity delivering local …

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Local renewable energy champion shortlisted for national award

The profile of a local charity which delivers local solutions to fuel poverty, energy efficiency and renewable energy has received a major boost after Neil Farrington, Sustainable Energy Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus, has been shortlisted for a Renewable Energy Association Award. Neil has made it onto a shortlist of seven for the Champion Award which celebrates the achievement of an individual who deserves recognition for their contribution to the British renewable energy sector. Since joining Community Energy Plus …

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Ladock and Grampound Road residents invited to first ‘Low Carbon Living’ event

Residents of Ladock and Grampound Road will have the opportunity to find out about the progress of the project that is seeing their rural parish become a test bed for achieving sustainable living on a community-wide scale at a public meeting on Saturday (15th May). In February it was announced that the mid Cornwall parish had been successful in its bid for Low Carbon Communities Challenge status.   Activity to deliver this project is now well underway and residents may have …

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Green boost for West Cornwall communities

Rural communities in West Cornwall are being encouraged to become more energy efficient and harness the opportunities presented by renewable energy technology in a new project to help locals lead more sustainable lives. A Sustainable Energy Community Officer has been appointed to help groups in West Cornwall develop a range of projects that will help local communities react to the challenge of rising energy prices and climate change and stimulate interest in community-owned renewable energy opportunities.  The project is funded …

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