It took a while to get the pictures! But here we are, at our launch event at CAVS, on April 17th 2013. The event was well attended and gave us as Founder Members a real sense of marking a moment, recognising the achievement of creating the structures to support the project in its work, and commencing on the next round – delivery of generation on sites.
The event was supported by the Carmarthenshire Environment Partnership, and presentations were made by Neil Lewis and Ben Ferguson-Walker on the background, aims and current key actions for CEL. Our keynote speaker, Chris Burns (Assistant Chief Executive, Carmarthenshire County Council), gave a very informative background to sustainable development at community level across the county, and laid out a vision for a Carmarthenshire that wears its sustainable energy credentials with pride.
CAVS was a great place to hold the event, not only as a natural hub for the third sector, but also as the building here is heated by a state of the art combined heat and power boiler, using otherwise wasted heat energy to contribute towards the building’s electricity needs.
We’re very pleased to announce three successful bids which have been confirmed in the last month. The first from Welsh Government’s “Ynni’r Fro” Programme supporting community renewables, is a £30,000 contribution towards the legal and pre-planning costs of a single turbine development in the East of the County. As soon as contracts have been signed on the land and the associated joint venture company, we will be engaging with the local community before announcing the site’s location. The turbine is likely to be a 500kW Endurance, delivered in partnership with Seren Energy of Clydach, and is projected to accrue in excess of £50,000 community benefit per annum over a 20 year lifespan.
The second two grants are also from an additional Welsh Government budget, to the value of £5,000 each. The first will be spent on developing a number of hydro-electric sites previously identified by Carmarthenshire Energy Agency work with The Green Valleys. We are pleased to be able to build on this work and believe there is a good chance of bringing forward at least three key schemes that could be consented and built.
The final piece of work funded will be a wind site resource map designed to find community scale prospects and make it as easy as possible for communities, landowners and key estates such as the County Council to identify those sites and if they wish, to engage Carmarthenshire Energy in delivering those projects.