Community Energy Plus News

Strong interest in community renewable energy schemes

Residents of West Penwith packed out Cape Cornwall School’s hall on Tuesday 22nd March to discuss the opportunities for generating renewable energy in their community to protect themselves against rising fuel prices. 

Over 75 local residents attended the meeting organised as part of the West Cornwall Local Action Group’s Sustainable Energy Community project.

Guest speakers at the meeting included local renewable energy system installers Independent Energy and Plug into the Sun as well a planning officer from Cornwall Council. 

Community Energy Plus’s Rob Pickering, who organised the meeting and West Cornwall’s Sustainable Energy Community Officer, said: “It was great to see such strong interest in getting renewable energy technologies installed locally.  There were several questions about how a community-scale project could be funded and the attendees stressed the importance of ensuring that local residents are engaged in the process of selecting suitable sites for any developments.  As a result of the meeting I’m already looking at how we can set up a solar buying club for the area and will be holding a follow-up meeting to flesh-out plans in order to move projects forward.”

The next meeting, which is open to anyone in West Penwith with an interest in community renewables, is on Wednesday 6th April at Cape Cornwall School, starting at 7.30pm.

The Sustainable Energy Communities project in West Cornwall 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.

Rob Pickering can be reached on 01209 6014975 ext 215 or by email [email protected]