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Green makeover for low carbon winners
Twelve communities from across the UK are today celebrating after winning up to £500,000 each to help install new green technologies such as solar panels, hydro turbines and energy saving insulation.
The grant money, awarded through the Government’s Low Carbon Community Challenge, will be spent on a range of green measures which will cut carbon, save money on energy bills, and could even see some communities make cash from generating their own energy – thanks to the Government’s new clean energy scheme.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said:
“The huge enthusiasm for the Low Carbon Communities Challenge demonstrates that local people are passionate about building a low carbon future in the UK. Today’s winners will act as a test bed for green action, and show us all what a greener future looks like.
“This sort of action is vital because over a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating, lighting and powering electrical appliances in our homes. By 2050 this needs to be almost zero and we can only achieve that through the creative initiative of local communities.”
In total, 22 communities will benefit from the £10million Low Carbon Community Challenge grant fund. The aim of the fund is to inform government of what works at a community level to cut emissions. The first ten winners were announced on 21st December last year.
Today’s 12 winning communities are:
Hook Norton, near Banbury, Oxfordshire: The 2500-strong community has been working on reducing its carbon footprint for a number of years. It will spend the money on installing a heat recovery system, solar panels, two community electric pool cars and a ground source heat pump at the local primary school (Hook Norton Church of England Primary School); provide interest free loans for a whole-house retro-fit of six homes; on top of this, it will insulate 40 homes and install solar thermal panels on a further 20; put a bio-diesel tank in the local brewery (Hook Norton Brewery) to supply bio-diesel fuel for the vehicles of 50 households. All these activities will provide income back in to a rolling low carbon fund so that the community can continue to take action for the next 10 years.
Contact - Dr Tim Lunel Tim.Lunel@nef.org.uk, email@example.com 07908-75414, 01908-354532
Ashton Hayes, near Chester, Cheshire: Since 2005, Ashton Hayes
has been working to become England’s first carbon neutral
community and has already cut average household emissions of the
370 homes by 23% since May 2006. It will spend the money on a
various renewable generation technologies which will power part of
the community. This includes a renewable energy CHP plant and
solar panel focused on the school. This will link with measures to
encourage energy efficiency via real time displays and demand side
Contact - Garry Charnock firstname.lastname@example.org 07968 063624
Easterside in Middlesbrough, a mixed tenure estate of 3250
people, is among the top 20% of disadvantaged areas in England.
The LCCC funded Eco-Easterside project will save residents money
on household bills by reducing energy use. Two wind turbines will
be installed in the grounds of Easterside and St Thomas More
primary schools, which will in turn generate income for the
community from the government’s clean energy cashback scheme. 600
homes will be fitted with energy monitors, and householders will
be helped to make sure their homes have adequate insulation.
Renewable energy systems – solar hot water and air-source heat
pumps – will be fitted to 20 homes. Residents will also be
encouraged to reduce carbon emissions by using sustainable modes
of transport and growing more of their own food.
Contact - Dr. Bob King email@example.com 01642 728233
Halton, near Lancaster: Halton is looking to install a hydro
turbine into the River Lune, and three solar roofs; and
incorporate carbon saving measures in the renovation of Halton
Mill, which will provide office and workshop space for local
businesses. The profits, generated from the Government’s clean
energy cashback scheme, and from rents, will be ploughed back into
further carbon reduction projects such as Halton Energy Network
which will help households reduce their domestic carbon
Contact - Jon Sear firstname.lastname@example.org 01524 555919
Exmoor National Park in Somerset and Devon: The LCCC funding will
be used to help fund renewable energy projects such as wood pellet
heating and solar installations in six communities that have been
participating in community sustainable energy planning. One of
those communities (Lynton and Lynmouth) is planning to install a
community owned hydropower turbine that will generate an income
for the community and the fund will help in raising awareness of
the scheme amongst potential investors.
Contact - Tim Stokes email@example.com 01398 322235
Whitehill-Bordon in East Hampshire: Aims to build on it’s Eco
town status by making the money available for people in the form
of loans. Residents who take advantage of this will be able to
install energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies, to
save energy and save money.
Contact - Kate Hillerby firstname.lastname@example.org 01730 234315 / 01730234211
Ladock and Grampound Road in mid-Cornwall plan to upgrade homes,
schools, community halls and businesses with a combination of
energy efficiency measures and microgeneration technology. They
will monitor their progress through smart meters to assess the
impacts of behaviour change and renewable energy technologies
among project participants and the wider community. Any income
from clean energy will be fed back into a community fund for
further low carbon investment. The project will also see the
plantation of a nut grove carbon sequestration project and the
installation of an electric vehicle charging point.
Contact - Russell Geake Russell@cep.org.uk 01209 614 975
Ballymena: Intends to build a district heating network based on
deep geothermal, biomass and residual heat technologies. This will
benefit public buildings, social housing as well as private
residences and will reduce fossil fuel use and fuel poverty.
Contact - Mr Clive Kyle email@example.com 02825 660 406
Camphill Community Glencraig: Plans to install a biomass district
heating system using locally sourced wood. This will help to
reduce bills and dependence on fossil fuels.
Contact - Martin Sturm firstname.lastname@example.org 07968 167959
Cwmclydach, nr Pontypridd, South Wales: Blaenclydach is a former
mining village and is one of the most deprived areas in Wales. The
money from LCCC will help pay for two small hydro turbines in the
nearby Cambrian Country Park which will power two community
buildings and, under the government’s Clean Energy Cashback
scheme, will generate an income for the community.
Contact - Phillip Jenkins email@example.com 01443420904 07786523985
Awel Aman Tawe Community Wind Farm in Upper Amman and Swansea
Valley, South Wales: Fuel poverty is a major concern for the
13,500 people living in the 12 villages spread across Neath Port
Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Powys. Planning consent has been
secured to put two wind turbines with a capacity of 4MW on the
Mynydd y Gwrhyd mountain, so the LCCC money will help towards the
costs. This will generate enough electricity to supply the annual
needs of about 2000 homes and generate an income for the community
as a whole through the Government’s clean energy cashback scheme.
The community also has plans to open a zero carbon cafe,
allotments and a biodiesel pump in the headquarters car park which
can be used by members of the public.
Contact - Dan McCallum firstname.lastname@example.org 01639 830 870
Glogue, Hermon and Llanfyrnach, nr Preselli Hills, Pembrokeshire:
The LCCC money will be used to fund two wind turbines which are
calculated to generate around £300,000 per year to be ploughed
back into further energy saving projects.
Contact - Mr Cris Tomos email@example.com 01239 831962, 07974 099738
Notes to Editors
1. The winners of round one of the Low Carbon Communities Challenge were announced on 21 December. They were –
Muswell Hill in Haringey,
Blacon in Chester
Huddersfield - The Hillhouse community of Huddersfield in Kirklees
Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland
Totnes in Devon
Reepham in Norfolk
Chale Green in Isle of Wight
2. Low Carbon Communities Challenge covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
3. The Challenge will last for two years, starting in February 2010
4. By joining up support from across government and beyond, the Low Carbon Communities Challenge will provide easy access to a comprehensive range of services to help communities curb their carbon emissions and promote economic investment. The support will be delivered through a consortium of partners with funding from inside and outside government including:
Global Action Plan
Energy Saving Trust
The Carbon Trust
5. On Monday 1st February the Government launched the Clean Energy Cashback scheme which provides money for domestic and community based small scale renewables projects for renewable energy they produce, even if they use it themselves.
6. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is central to the UK Government’s leadership on climate change. We are pushing hard internationally for ambitious effective and fair action to avert the most dangerous impacts. Through our UK Low Carbon Transition Plan we are giving householders and businesses the incentives and advice they need to cut their emissions, we are enabling the energy sector’s shift to the trinity of renewables, new nuclear and clean coal, and we are stepping up the fight against fuel poverty.
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