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West Penwith event – Is renewable energy the answer to rising fuel prices?

Residents of West Penwith will have the opportunity to learn from local experts about renewable energy technologies and the opportunities to protect themselves against rising fuel prices at a meeting being held at Cape Cornwall School on Tuesday 22nd March at 7.00pm.

Community Energy Plus’s Rob Pickering, who works as a Sustainable Energy Community Officer for West Cornwall as part of the West Cornwall Local Action Group project, will be hosting the meeting as part of the two year project to encourage rural communities in West Cornwall to become more energy efficient and harness the opportunities presented by renewable energy technology.

Guest speakers at the meeting will include local renewable energy system installers Independent Energy and Plug into the Sun as well as planning officers from Cornwall Council. 

The event will provide an opportunity for local residents to learn how renewable energy technologies work, typical costs and some of the funding options available as well as guidance on whether planning permission is required.  As well as discussing renewable energy in domestic settings, it is hoped that meeting will attract individuals who are interested in setting up community scale renewable energy projects and ideas shared at the meeting will help to inform the development of future projects in West Penwith.

Rob Pickering said:  “With energy prices continuing to rise, many people are struggling to keep up with their energy bills and are interested in renewable technologies for their home but often don’t know what is involved, and what difference they could make to their bills.  Not everyone has the money to install renewables so we will also be looking at how we can develop community projects to reach more people. I hope that the local residents will come along and share ideas for projects to help drive a greener future for St Just and surrounding areas.”

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.