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 by the West Cornwall Local Action Partnership which is part financed by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) using funding from the EU and Defra.
The two year project will see Community Energy Plus’s Rob Pickering working within rural communities in West Cornwall. Rob will be working with existing local community groups as well as helping new groups of sustainably minded residents to set up and deliver a variety of sustainable energy projects, focused on helping them understand their current energy usage and how to move to more sustainable solutions.
Activity will concentrate on creating projects within the South Kerrier and Land’s End Peninsula areas, although it is hoped that other communities within West Cornwall may also come forward to seek support for their own projects.
West Cornwall Local Action Sustainable Energy Projects Officer Rob Pickering said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for community groups in West Cornwall to receive a helping hand to get their energy project ideas off the ground. At this stage I’m still looking for local people to bring forward their ideas, regardless of how far they’ve been developed. I look forward to meeting people that are ready and willing to take action to reduce the carbon footprint and fuel bills of their community so that working together we can make a real difference.”
Launch events will be held for the project, providing opportunities for local communities to find out more about the support available to help them deliver an energy efficiency or renewable energy project. Further details about the project will be available at Helston Rugby Club on 17th May from 11am to 1pm and at St Just Cricket Club on 20th May between 11am and 2pm and later from 5pm to 8pm.