The next Community Energy event organised by Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG) will happen at Electric Mountain, Llanberis on Friday, September 25. The event is hosted by a partnership between YnNi Padarn Peris, Community Energy Wales, Renew Wales and the Community Energy Fund.
Grant Peisley from DEG, a local social enterprise supporting community led action to increase our area’s ability to cope with rising energy costs and improve our natural environment, said “Community energy provides the opportunity for villages to work together to reduce their energy use, use their local natural resources to create renewable energy, or to cooperate on bulk buying energy at reduced prices. Research conducted by DEG in Gwynedd suggests that of five of the existing local community energy groups are expecting to invest £5 million to produce 1.7 megawatts of electricity and return up to £1.15 million each year back into our local communities. This event provides the opportunity to look at community energy in light of the recent attacks on renewables by the Westminster government.”
DEG’s next event will close a week-long exhibition of the National Trust’s Hidden Hydro’s project that has tracked the history of local people producing their own electricity. Keith Jones from the National Trust said “The Hidden Hydro project has identified 240 pre-1938 hydroelectric schemes highlighting north Wales’ innovative and cutting edge approach to power development leading up to the Second World War. The exhibition of photos of these stunning pieces of industrial and social history remind us of the important role hydroelectric power has played in our area.”
The week-long exhibition will begin with the launch of Llanberis’ own community energy group YnNi Padarn Peris who are planning on building community owned hydroelectric schemes in the Llanberis area. This will allow them, via the Government’s Feed in Tariff scheme, to generate 20 years of sustainable funding for community activities in their area.
The Event on Friday the 25th of September, will also host the local launch of Community Energy Wales (CEW), a membership organisation for those involved with or support the Community Energy Sector in Wales. CEW aim to put sustainable energy schemes at the heart of communities in Wales to make communities stronger, more resilient, and self-reliant by generating their own energy, using it efficiently, and directing the net income to regenerate their communities. Community Energy Wales aim to inspire, empower, and provide a coherent voice to influence people, policies and practices to enable Community Energy to flourish throughout Wales.
Community Energy Wales are sponsoring the event along with Renew Wales, who provide peer to peer support for community groups addressing climate change in Wales, and the Community Energy Fund, run by Robert Owen Community Bank.
The event provides an opportunity for Community Energy groups from all around northwest Wales to share their experiences with other community groups to learn from each other. It starts with a networking lunch from midday with Community Energy Fund staff on hand to discuss their offer with local groups and a chance to input into Community Energy Wales research into the sector. Later in the afternoon there will be speakers from Energy Local and Ashton Hayes Carbon Neutral Village.
Energy Local is a pioneering and ground breaking Community Energy Service Company model that enables communities to pool their renewable energy generation and help local households to reduce electricity bills by around 15% whilst retaining more of the value of the community energy generation locally.
Ashton Hayes, cut the carbon emissions from within the village by 20% between 2006 and 2012 and are aiming to be the first carbon neutral village in England. The journey they have been on and the lessons they have learnt will provide great inspiration for our villages in northwest Wales.
To book your place at the event email Grant@DEG.cymru or phone 0781 423 7929 for more info.
For more information please click here Ynni Cymunedol – Ble Nesa 250915.
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