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 Cornwall Council and delivers advice for the Energy Saving Trust in Cornwall.
Historically many of the projects delivered by the charity have relied on funding from a variety of public sector, European and charitable sector sources. The recent public sector cuts and challenging economic conditions have impacted on the sources of funding available to charities.
As a Social Enterprise Mark holder, Community Energy Plus reinvests its profits to achieve the charity’s social and environmental goals. The Transition funding has been awarded to help the charity adapt to the changing funding climate and develop new services to sit alongside and financially support the provision of their education and fuel poverty prevention services.
Dr Tim Jones, Development Director at Community Energy Plus, commented: “It’s an exciting time to be working within the energy conservation sector. Businesses, organisations and householders are becoming increasingly aware of the need to become more sustainable and the advantages of energy efficiency and generating renewable energy. The Transition funding provides an important boost to help us play to our strengths and develop new services to meet these needs while becoming a more robust charity.”
Over the next year Community Energy Plus will be exploring new business opportunities including those created by the Green Deal – the Government’s blueprint to help householders pay for home insulation and other energy saving measures. The funding will enable the charity to carry out market research, develop relationships with new partners and strengthen its position for tendering for new contracts.