Penzanze ‘pop up’ Energy Advice shop

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Come and see if you can save money on your fuel bills

A Pop Up “Energy Advice” Shop will be at 40 Market Place, Penzance (old travel shop by Humphry Davy statue top of Market Jew Street) during the week of Monday 25th to Saturday 30th January.

WCCR home energy advisers will be available to help you check you are on the cheapest energy supplier tariff and to explain how you might reduce your bills. Bring along a recent bill if you can.

The shop is being run with support from members of Transition Penwith and will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm each day. Refreshments will also be available.

Energy Advice Shop poster download here (pdf)

WCCR wishes to thank the Big Energy Saving Network and Energyshare for their financial support towards this initiative.

 

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[19/01/2016]

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Bosavern Community Farm – Planning Application – Please Support

PLEASE SUPPORT (and forward link…)

Bosavern Community Farm Planning Application (PA15/09837)

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The Community Farm is seeking planning permission from Cornwall Council for a small 4kW ground mounted solar PV system and to create a new safe main entrance to the farm.

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CAN YOU PLEASE HELP BY SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS APPLICATION

(Simple search – enter ‘PA15/09837’)

OR

OR

  • by writing to:

Planning Department, Cornwall Council, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX

It’s very helpful to start your comment with “I support this application” so there is no confusion as sometimes comments have ended up beng listed as neutral or even objections when they are supporters.

[Please include your name and address with email or posted comments]

 

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Bosavern Community Farm logoBack in the summer a planning application was submitted for a 50kW ground mounted solar PV system and for new farm entrance.

Unfortunately at that time the Cornwall AONB office and St Just Town Council objected on grounds of visual impact of the solar array so the application was withdrawn. After further consultation the proposals have been scaled back and now have the support of the AONB Planning Officer and the Highways department, so the application has been resubmitted.

 

We now need to show public support – so please can you help.

The easiest way to give your comments about the application is online at the Cornwall Council Online Planning Register (http://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/online-applications/ )

You can also find all the documents and maps related to the application there and we have also put core maps and a bit more detail about the project at www.wc-cr.co.uk/bosavern-documents as lately the Council planning website has been a bit unreliable and crashes regularly.

If you have any questions or would like more details about the proposals then please do contact Rob Pickering, who is leading the project – at: robpickering00@yahoo.co.uk

THANK YOU

 

[Updated: 16/11/2015]

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Fuel Advice Sessions – Madron, 16th & 17th November

Landithy Hall, Madron

MADRON DROP IN SESSIONS

WCCR will be holding two drop in sessions at Landithy Hall, Church Road, Madron. Our energy expert will be on hand to answers questions about energy bills, and whether you could save money by switching energy supplier, as well as ideas on improving the energy efficiency of your home and financial help for renewable technologies. All welcome, just call in:

  • Monday 16th November, 9.00am – 10.30am
  • Tuesday 17th November, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

If you have not switch supplier in recent years you could save £200 or more by switching, so come and find out from our experienced home energy adviser. (Please bring recent fuel bills).

At the drop-ins there will also be the opportunity for people to join our energy monitor loan scheme to help them better understand how much their home costs to run.

This is a free independent service and is being funded by the Big Energy Saving Network, a UK wide Government (DECC) funded project.

For more details of our Big Energy Saving Network project then visit our BESN project page here.

 
 

[Updated 11/11/2015]

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Volunteer Energy Advisers – Wanted

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New Volunteer Opportunity:

VOLUNTEER ENERGY ADVISERS  (BESN Project)

Are you good at talking to people? We are looking for two sympathetic, motivated individuals to train as Volunteer Energy Advisers to work on our ‘Big Energy Saving Network’ (BESN) project which aims to reduce fuel poverty and increase home energy efficiency in low income households.

As a Volunteer Energy Adviser you would support the Energy Champion leading the project, to reach vulnerable people, provide them with support to switch energy supplier and take up other measures to reduce their fuel costs. This will mainly be done through the team attending pre-arranged group meetings.

Full training will be given so that you are able to deal with basic questions, show people the online comparison websites and support them if desired to switch supplier and /or signposting them to other appropriate persons or organisations. You will also need to ensure any relevant paperwork is completed.

The Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) project is part of a national initiative funded by DECC (Department of Energy and Climate change)

Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18yrs+.
  • Available for up to 20 half day sessions (up to 3 hours long) over the period from November to March.
  • Experience is not essential as full training will be provided in-house and through a short e-learning course.
  • Volunteers will be required to have a DBS check done (formerly known as CRB).
  • A non-judgemental, confidential and impartial approach.
  • Basic IT skills and confidence using the Internet
  • Experience of working with people; information and advice experience is desirable but not necessary

In return you get:

  • Domestic energy efficiency advice training
  • Experience of working in a community energy organisation
  • A reference upon request
  • Optional public speaking practice
  • Chance to work in a great team

Practical Considerations

  • All out of pocket and travel expenses covered

For further information and for an application form please contact us at info@wc-cr.co.uk or
ring 0800 772 3687 (please leave message if not picked up)

 

[Updated: 07/10/2015]

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Which Green Open Home will you visit?

LOCAL GREEN HOMES OPEN THEIR DOORS TO VISITORS

GOH1-sign-MarizionWindow-web Have you ever thought about making green improvements to your home but needed ideas or more information? We are running a Green Open Homes weekend from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October where householders who have made energy and environmental improvements, large or small, are opening their doors to share their experience and their homes with other local people interested in installing green home improvements.

For a full list of available homes and the green improvements featured please visit: www.greenopenhomes.net

A quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions come from energy used in the home and with average energy bills topping £1,200 a year making energy efficiency improvements at home can make an important contribution to both cutting carbon emissions and energy costs. West Cornwall has some of the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK and with many households across the area are struggling to pay increasing energy bills and keep their homes warm, there is an urgent need to find ways to save energy and cut fuel bills.

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Over the weekend we’ll be showcasing a range of homes with all types of improvements, from properties who have installed an energy efficient log burner or carried out simple draught proofing measures to those who have invested in technology such as renewable energy systems and electric vehicles, so whatever improvements you may be considering there should be an ‘open home’ available to suit you.

 

Poster download here (pdf)

Green Open Homes is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and supported locally by renewable energy technology installer, Natural Generation.

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[Updated: 28/09/2015]

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Three Local Groups Need Your Vote Now!

Three local groups are in the running for a £12,500 grant from the M&S Community Energy Fund. The fund opened for applications in the summer and Penzance Tennis Club, Penzance Cricket Club and Hayle Swimming Pool all got through to the voting stage with a chance for grant help towards solar PV panels and a heat pump.

The M&S Community Energy Fund has up to £400,000 available to support community renewable energy projects across the UK.

The grant winners will be decided by public vote – so please VOTE today at www.mandsenergyfund.com and help these community groups become become a little greener.

Quick Links to their voting pages:
Penzance Tennis Club – Solar PV panels

Penzance Cricket Club – Solar PV panels

Hayle Swimming Pool – Heat Pump

 

[Updated: 03/09/2015]

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More homes wanted for ‘Green Open Homes‘ weekend

Have you insulated your home, put solar panels on your roof, installed a smart meter or even built your own eco home? If so, and live in the Penwith area then we’d like to hear from you.

Following the success of our last ‘Green Open Homes’ event in May, we are looking for more householders who have made energy and environmental home improvements, large or small, to take part in our next event, 2nd – 4th October. If you would be willing to share your experience and your home with other local people interested in installing green home improvements.

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Participants will be given the option to open their home from 1 to 6 half day sessions depending on their availability, so we’d love to hear from anyone who has made green improvements to their home and would be happy to share their experiences with other local people.

WCCR will support all host homes providing a range of guidance on what to do and information to give out to visitors, as well as organising the events and being there to support home owners on the day.

For a no-commitment chat about being part of the ‘Green Open Homes’ event please contact Rob on 0800 772 3687 or email info@wc-cr.co.uk.

 

Green Open Homes is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and supported locally by renewable energy technology installer, Natural Generation.

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[Updated: 03/09/2015]

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Green Open Homes – Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May

LOCAL GREEN HOMES OPEN THEIR DOORS TO VISITORS

Moorcroft-web Have you ever thought about making green improvements to your home but needed ideas or more information? We are running a Green Open Homes weekend on May 22nd to 24th where householders who have made energy and environmental improvements, large or small, are opening their doors to share their experience and their homes with other local people interested in installing green home improvements.

For a full list of available homes and the green improvements featured, as well as the link to reserve your place, please visit: www.greenopenhomes.net

A quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions come from energy used in the home and with average energy bills topping £1,200 a year making energy efficiency improvements at home can make an important contribution to both cutting carbon emissions and energy costs. West Cornwall has some of the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK and with many households across the area are struggling to pay increasing energy bills and keep their homes warm, there is an urgent need to find ways to save energy and cut fuel bills.

“Many community groups around the country have run open home events over recent years and there’s been lot of interest in how we how people have improved their home’s energy efficiency and what difference different technologies have made.” said Rob Pickering, the event’s Co-ordinator. “You only have to think back to the last time you tried a new place to eat, or bought something new, to know that it’s really valuable to get the opinion of someone who has already tried it as they’ll be able to give you honest feedback on the benefits and savings as well as any challenges or considerations to bear in mind.”

GOH-poster-webFellow organiser Abbie Brook said: “Over the weekend we’ll be showcasing a range of homes with all types of improvements, from properties who have installed an energy efficient log burner or carried out simple draught proofing measures to those who have invested in technology such as renewable energy systems and electric vehicles, so whatever improvements you may be considering there should be an ‘open home’ available to suit you.”.

Tickets for West Cornwall Green Open Homes are free and can be pre-booked using our online booking system.

 

For a full list of available homes and the green improvements featured, as well as the link to reserve your place, please visit: www.greenopenhomes.net

Poster download here (pdf)

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Do you have a Green home?

Have you insulated your home, put solar panels on your roof, installed a smart meter or even built your own eco home?  If so, and live in the Penwith area then West Cornwall Community Renewables (WCCR) would like to hear from you.

Following the success of our recent ‘Power to Penwith’ project we are organising a Green Open Homes event, 22nd – 24th May and are looking for more householders who have made energy and environmental improvements, large or small, who would be willing to share their experience and their homes with other local people interested in installing green home improvements.

You don’t have to be the proud owner of an Grand Designs eco-home to become part of ‘Green Open Homes’ (but please still contact us if you do!) – we are looking for people who have made even the simplest home energy improvements who are happy to share their experiences with others looking to reduce their energy bills and their home’s impact on the environment.

Improvements you may have had done:
• Insulation measures, such as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation or solid wall insulation;
• Biomass or heat pump heating systems;
• Renewable energy systems, such as solar thermal or solar PV;
• Energy efficient glazing;
• Simple, low-cost improvements such as draught-proofing;
• Other low-impact or green home improvements – anything from water saving measures to home charge points for your electric vehicle.We’re interested in people’s homes

Participants will be given the option to open their home for up to 4 half day sessions depending on their availability, so we’d love to hear from anyone who has made green improvements to their home and would be happy to share their experiences with other local people.

WCCR will provide participants with a range of guidance on what to do and information to give out to visitors, as well as organising the events and being there to support home owners on the day.

For a no-commitment chat about being part of the ‘Green Open Homes’ event please contact Rob Pickering on 0800 772 3687 or email info@wc-cr.co.uk.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the event then see  www.wc-cr.co.uk/opportunities for further details.

 

[Green Open Homes is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and delivered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE). www.greenopenhomes.net]

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Promised Land free screening

Join WCCR for a free Friday night at the movies!

WCCR will be hosting a free screening of the Matt Damon fracking-themed film "Promised Land" at The Redwing Gallery in Penzance on Friday March 27th at 7pm, open to anyone interested in finding out more about WCCR and the Power to Penwith project.

Thirty free tickets (including free popcorn!) are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved by emailing info@wc-cr.co.uk Lovely fair-trade, vegan refreshments and teas and coffees will also be available.

Redwing Gallery is a not-for-profit social enterprise and alternative arts organisation representing art and artists excluded from the mainstream commercial art world. Redwing has an art gallery, performance and education space, open access studio and a coffee shop serving authentic Cuban coffees.

Redwing was founded by the artist Peter Fox in Penzance, Cornwall in 2011 and is run by unsalaried directors Ros Williams and Peter Fox and a team of volunteers.

Spaces are limited so book now!

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