Yearly Archives: 2011

Ladock community turbine

Ladock film hopes to inspire other low carbon communities

Ladock community turbine

The mid Cornwall parish of Ladock is hoping that a film about their experiences of becoming one of the UK’s first low carbon communities will inspire other local projects to embrace low carbon living. A short film by the Cornwall based documentary maker Ben Giles was made after the parish won the Cornwall Rural Community Council’s ‘Sustainable Village of the Year’ award last year.  Following the film’s premiere at Ladock Community Hall, the film is now available to a worldwide …

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Cornwall Council wins partnership funding for Winter Wellness campaign to help reduce winter deaths

Press release issued by Cornwall Council A Cornwall Council and Council of the Isles of Scilly led bid has won over £140,000 from the Department of Health’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund for a campaign called Winter Wellness aimed at reducing preventable winter deaths. Each year, more than 300 people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are believed to die needlessly as a result of cold homes and freezing winter weather. Partners including NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, …

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Local energy experts gain Quality Auditor qualifications

Community Energy Plus has celebrated passing an important milestone in their journey towards achieving ISO9001 Quality Management System accreditation with 11 staff gaining IRCA[1] certified internal quality auditor qualifications. The Camborne based charity which helps Cornish householders to enjoy warmer, more energy efficient homes, is following the ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 9001 standard to embed quality control processes across all areas of its activities.   The Charity’s trading arm, Low Carbon Futures, has now added quality management system mentoring to …

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Partnership strives reduce excess winter deaths in Cornwall

300 people in Cornwall die every year because of the cold weather.  Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that Cornwall is starting to make progress in reducing this tragic number and a partnership between the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Council and Community Energy Plus is working to stop people in Cornwall dying needlessly in the winter. The Warm Front Scheme offers grants for heating but sometimes these do not cover the full cost of …

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Community Oil Buying Club completes first order

A month after launching its new oil buying club to enable heating oil users in Cornwall to access more competitively priced heating oil, Community Energy Plus has completed its first order, saving its oil buying club members almost £4,500 collectively. The club already has over 500 members, representing approximately two per cent of oil buying households in Cornwall, and the Cornish fuel poverty and sustainable energy charity is confident that membership will quickly grow as more local residents look for …

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Big Lottery Funding strengthens Fuel Poverty services in Cornwall

A four year project to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people living in fuel poverty has been launched by Cornwall’s sustainable energy and fuel poverty charity following a grant of £430,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. Community Energy Plus’s ‘Warm Me Up!’ Project will deliver impartial advice and support to up to 1200 targeted households to help them to reduce and manage their energy bills.  Fuel Poverty, which is defined as a household spending more than 10% of …

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Loft Insulation

Insulation scheme gears up for temperature drop

Loft Insulation

Following the warm start to autumn, a local sustainable energy charity is expecting to see a sudden rush of applications to its insulation scheme as the expected seasonal temperature drop shocks residents into action to get their homes ready for the cold weather. Community Energy Plus delivers a county wide insulation scheme in partnership with Cornwall Council and has launched their campaign to encourage almost 3000 homes to take up their offer. Around a third of all the heat that …

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Community Oil Buying Club goes live!

In response to historic increases in the price of heating oil in the past year, Cornwall’s fuel poverty charity has launched an online energy club to help members reduce their heating bills. Communityenergyclub.org.uk is the brainchild of the Camborne based charity Community Energy Plus and has been created to bring together the collective buying power of heating oil users in Cornwall and enable members to access more competitively priced heating oil. The price of heating oil in the South West …

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Solar Communities 2011 scheme expansion

Two months after launching a £20 million investment package for community buildings in Cornwall, the Cornish sustainable energy charity Community Energy Plus has extended their offer for free PV for community buildings in Cornwall to include businesses and non-commercial organisations in Cornwall and Devon. Community Energy Plus has brought together five local installers to create a multi-million pound fund to invest in roof-mounted solar PV installations before the end of March 2012. Buildings taking up the offer will be able …

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Public invited to community owned wind turbine launch

Cornish residents with an interest in community owned renewable energy schemes will have the opportunity to get close to the first two wind turbines financed by a community public share offer on Saturday 1st October. Community Power Cornwall will be hosting a public launch event for its two Endurance E-3120 50kW wind turbines on land at Tregerrick Farm, Gorran Highlanes. Between 1-3pm the public are invited to find out more about the installation and to get up close to the …

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Wadebridge fights back against rising energy and heating costs

Wadebridge residents are being invited to Wadebridge Town Hall on Saturday 10th September, 2-5 pm for the launch of the Warmer Wadebridge campaign. Households will be offered cheap or even free home insulation, electricity monitors will be available to help keep down energy costs, and there will be exhibitions on other ways of cutting down energy use in homes, and on farms. The Eden Centre will be presenting their Carbon Calculator, free energy saving light bulbs will be on offer, …

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Extent of fuel poverty in Cornwall revealed at partnership event

The reality behind Cornwall’s fuel poverty statistics and the need for organisations in Cornwall to work together to protect Cornish communities from the impacts of rising fuel costs was addressed at an event held by CAB Cornwall in conjunction with Community Energy Plus on Wednesday 27th July. The forum held at Truro Library, titled ‘The True Costs of Keeping Warm This Winter’, was organised by the two Cornish charities to expose the hidden costs of fuel poverty and reveal issues …

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£20+m fund launched to provide free PV for community buildings

A Cornish sustainable energy charity has taken a pioneering approach to helping community buildings, academy schools, churches, charities and farmers to generate their own renewable energy after securing an investment package of £20 million from local PV installers. Community Energy Plus launched ‘Solar Communities 2011’ at the Cornwall Renewable Energy Show today, (28th July) providing access to a £20 million fund to invest in roof-mounted solar PV installations. Buildings taking up the offer will be able to take advantage of …

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Solar Communities 2011

FITs review update: Further to the government’s announcement on the proposed changes to Solar Feed-in Tariffs (FITs), we would like to provide an update on how the fast track review of FITs is affecting the delivery of our Solar Communities 2011 scheme. We have managed to secure investment to allow the Solar Communities scheme to continue up until the end of March 2012. The cuts have dramatically reduced the rate of return for investors, which has meant that the terms …

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Green Ripple makes a big impression in Illogan

A project to help Tolvaddon householders live well while understanding and reducing their energy usage and costs officially launched on Friday 8th July at an event attended by around 100 local residents. At the launch of the Illogan Green Ripple Project, residents were able to find out what the project will be working to achieve over the next 12 months and beyond and the ways that their household can get involved.  The Illogan Green Ripple involves a collaboration between local …

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Transition Funding secures service expansion

Community Energy Plus is set to broaden its services and strengthen its position as Cornwall’s leading charity delivering local solutions to fuel poverty and sustainable energy after securing £170,000 from the Government’s Transition Fund. For more than 10 years Community Energy Plus have worked on projects throughout Cornwall to provide advice and support for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. The charity operates a county-wide home insulation scheme on behalf of …

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