Penzance resident Hilary Farmer has been the lucky recipient of Co-op shopping vouchers worth £100 after winning one of the top prizes in Transition Penwith’s energy survey prize draw.
Hilary was one of 765 households in Penwith that responded to the district-wide home energy survey carried out by Community Energy Plus to provide Transition Penwith with valuable insight into local interest in renewable energy.
Lesley Bradley-Peer, Chair of Transition Penwith said “The high response rate indicates that the people of Penwith are really concerned about energy. We are hoping that we can use the information to kick start local action to address important issues such as fuel poverty and fuel security. Over 65% of people expressed an interest in neighbourhood groups and community schemes and will now be contacted to help them make the appropriate connections.”
The home energy surveys were part of a larger project funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) that was awarded to Transition Penwith earlier in the year.
Working in partnership with Community Energy Plus, a 12 week programme of LEAF funded activity was delivered, including three community events that informed and engaged Penwith residents on the issues of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and consulted them on how they saw Penwith’s energy future.
Community Energy Plus’s Rob Pickering said: “The survey has shown that the majority of people in Penwith are in favour of developing renewable energy technologies and energy independence locally and in Cornwall generally. There also appears to be a strong appetite for there to be a Cornish electricity company to be powered by renewable sources. Our challenge now will be turning local aspirations into reality. We look forward to continuing to support Transition Penwith in their work to contribute to a more sustainable future for Penwith.”
The LEAF funding also enabled in-depth home energy audits to be produced for eight households which will be used as an information resource for similar properties. A report has been produced on the potential for local renewable energy generation and the options for developing community led projects in the area.
Transition Penwith are keen to hear from local organisations and residents who are interested in helping to further develop their plans. Further information is available on their website www.transitionpenwith.org.uk
The Co-operative generously donated £200 of shopping vouchers to boost the transition group’s prize-draw incentive for householders to complete the surveys. In addition to two first prize winners of £100 vouchers, ten further local residents also received £25 of Co-op vouchers.