Local Energy Action Force (LEAF)
Natural and cultural resources
This innovative pilot will engage five local communities aiming to generate and trade sustainable energy. The project will recruit one part-time Project Manager and three Project Officers; recruit 5 clusters of 3-5 ‘project champion’ volunteers; deliver an intensive programme of activities engaging citizens at community events / on the doorstep / through online / print media; build CEP’s capacity as a hub for five key projects acting on sustainable energy – co-ordinating and enabling access to support, skills, knowledge and experience & sharing learning; Deliver capacity building / dissemination sessions, plus fact-finding trips to other community projects. LEAF creates an Action Force of officers and volunteers to drive projects moving Pembrokeshire towards a low carbon economy.
Local capacity is a key gap in community energy projects which LEAF will address. The projects themselves will all be technically innovative and bespoke to each community’s characteristics and opportunities. Novel technologies and market / regulatory solutions are expected to arise, from which learning and replication opportunities can be shared with communities across Wales.
Volunteers, landowners, business owners and householders in the following key project areas:
- Tavernspite micro-grid group
- Donkey Hill Transition Group (Llanteg Park)
- Tiers Cross Zero Carbon Community
- Milford Haven / Hubberston / Hakin: community anaerobic digester and virtual biogas pipeline
- St Davids tidal energy and onshore opportunities