This project is a scoping study. New House Farm wants to diversify into wind and solar power generation, possibly backed up by battery storage.
The Project identified the electricity requirements of the partners and forged new collaborations between existing groups and the newly formed network. Following project and scoping activities, the Project is now moving forward through another Welsh based company who have secured funding to deliver 7 pilot schemes.
Due to the Covid pandemic, community engagement was not viable. However, the the initial site surveys have been undertaken including environmental impact studies with plans in place to submit a planning application using the findings from the study and the concept in the original proposal for a mixture of technologies for the benefit of local businesses.
“By working together as a community we can take advantage of renewable energy from solar and wind, with battery storage to supply business and local communities in Martletwy. As well as supplying the businesses, we want to supply the local community and explore models of community ownership’’.
Time constraints and team member changes within business led to delays and unforeseen challenges. Despite, LEADER facilitating knowledge sharing opportunities, the Covid pandemic and public restrictions meant that community engagement and planned events were not viable.
Arwain Sir Benfro and the LEADER Programme concluded in December 2021 once all projects were completed and funding exhausted. There is now no dedicated support upon the completion of the LEADER Programme in Pembrokeshire. Should you have any queries, PLANED as the previous administrators, may be able to assist, or similarly for wider questions on the LEADER Programme in Wales, please contact the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO).