Communities in St Just, Pendeen, Goldsithney and Zennor are being invited to access support to develop projects to increase the take up of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures in their area.
A series of events are being held in the coming weeks to encourage individuals that are interested in helping their communities to live more sustainable futures to develop sustainable energy projects.
The activity is part of the two year Sustainable Energy Communities Project for West Cornwall, which will provide guidance and support for community groups to help them understand their current energy usage, become more energy efficient and harness the opportunities presented by renewable energy technologies.
The newly created St Just & Pendeen Energy Group will have its first meeting on Tuesday 18th January at Age Concern, Fore Street, St Just at 7.15pm. Goldsithney’s Energy Group will have its first meeting on Thursday 27th January at 7.30pm at St Piran’s Hall.
On 8th February residents of Zennor will have the chance to find out about energy efficiency and renewable technologies at a drop-in session at Zennor Parish Hall between 4pm – 7pm as the first stage of setting up a local Energy Group.
The three events are being organised by Community Energy Plus’s Rob Pickering, who works as the Sustainable Energy Community Officer for West Cornwall.
Speaking about the progress of the project Rob Pickering said: “The drop in sessions held recently in Pendeen and Coverack have demonstrated that there is already a strong interest among some local residents to save energy and save money and also to explore options renewable energy technologies. The energy groups being formed through this project will bring together sustainably minded individuals to develop projects with community-wide benefit to react to the challenge of rising energy prices and climate change and I would like to encourage anyone with an interest in getting involved to come along to one of the events.”
Residents in rural areas of West Cornwall who are interested in accessing support to set up their own sustainable energy projects are encouraged to contact Rob Pickering, who can be reached on 07976 490957 or by email [email protected]
The project is funded by the West Cornwall Local Action Group which is part financed by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) using funding from the EU and Defra.