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Community groups work with CO2Sense

May 11th, 2012 | 9:42 am

Five community groups have won a total of £175,155 from the government’s Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) to help develop low carbon energy for their local areas and earn an income for their communities. Community groups in Saltaire, Settle, Kettlethorpe, the Esk Valley and Carlton, in East Yorkshire, are all developing long-term low carbon plans, which will begin developments of renewable energy, make local buildings more energy efficient, and teach local communities how to make low carbon choices.

All five groups we given support for their applications from CO2Sense, who are now helping to deliver the work on behalf of the communities.

Sustainable Saltaire won £47,000 to help develop renewable energy and a ten year plan that will help Saltaire become a low carbon community. Andy Brown, from Sustainable Saltaire, said, “The project not only helps to ensure that we have clean, low carbon energy for future generations, but will also generate an income for our residents. The timeframe for submitting our application was very short, so the help from CO2Sense was invaluable in getting our bid in on time and successfully.”

Joanne Pollard, CO2Sense CEO, said, “We are delighted to have helped these five groups secure vital funding for their projects, which will help reduce carbon emissions in each area, as well as provide an income for the communities that are developing renewable energy. New renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, particularly those run by community groups, may struggle to find funding in the current economic climate. So to see five separate developments take such important steps forward is excellent news for both the local areas and for the UK’s low-carbon ambitions.”

CO2Sense works with any organisation - public, private, or community-owned - to help them develop low carbon plans, become energy efficient, or invest in the right renewable energy for them. Click here to find out more.


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