Cwm Arian Renewable Energy (CARE) Ltd: Supporting Resilient Renewable Communities
The project will use digital technology to set up Skype seminars with renewable energy experts to inspire local people/enterprises to develop new micro renewable schemes and to work collaboratively. A part time coordinator is to be recruited and will set out a programme for 24 months and work with communities to develop the above 4 work areas. The project will initially cover North Pembrokeshire, looking to work with 10 communities. Holding events in local village halls. Working with communities to reduce carbon emission, save on energy cost of buildings and develop new community renewable ideas (including storage of energy). Events and activities will be filmed and Skype links from other community energy champions from across the world.
The project focussed on the following outcomes:
Develop community renewable enterprises
Use of low carbon technology within the business sector
Support local people with household energy improvements
Develop energy storage initiatives on a household and community level
Initial events at the 10 communities identified community energy champions to establish discussion and working groups at a grass roots level.
The use of digital technology allowed more comprehensive Skype seminars with inspirational community renewable energy experts to ignite local people to develop new micro schemes and to work collaboratively within Pembrokeshire.
“It was clear from the interviews and feedback that the staff resource remained the key aspect valued by those who have received support. This was not only in respect of capacity, but they were also identified as knowledgeable, connected, approachable, reliable and respected: “are known locally”; “trusted”; “good to work with their networks/contacts”.
SRRC project co-ordinators were identified as a “great resource locally – with their knowledge/passion”; “positive”; “different to consultants (lots of people out to make money for themselves)” who “are active in maintaining a link with their followers”.
Due to the flexible and responsive nature of the support given, nothing was identified as not useful, or not needed. A few minor adjustments to the administration of events have been suggested via feedback forms, for example providing more information to attendees in advance of an event. Project co-ordinators also identified a couple of things that they would like to improve in future: ensuring sufficient budget and time to allow for appropriate follow-up activity post-events.
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).