Sustainable Wales’ ‘POWER FOR THE PEOPLE’ community-based solar project goes live – REGISTER INTEREST TODAY! !!

Bridgend Green party has fully endorsed Sustainable Wales’ ground-breaking community solar project that will help provide energy resilience for homes and rejuvenate communities across Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan county boroughs. Indeed Andy (Chair) and Neil (Treasurer are co-opted members of the steering committee for the project.The scheme offers households in the two boroughs free pv (photo voltaic) solar panels for their homes. These will generate an environmentally-friendly, free source of electricity for the homeowners. The scheme will also provide a funding stream to support charities and social enterprises.Sustainable Wales is not alone in wanting to take action against keys issues such as climate change and fuel poverty. They have teamed up with a consortium of five community-focused social enterprises (G-Cel) to deliver the project in areas of south-east Wales. *1.Margaret Minhinnick, Director of Sustainable Wales said today: “ The twin issues of climate change and fuel poverty are crucial to our society. They pose a double threat to our way of life. This solar scheme will help homes become more energy-resilient and help rejuvenate communities across Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan”. In fact the project is the first of its kind in Wales and will hopefully spread across the whole of the country and beyond”.

Sustainable Wales wants to help 500 south-facing (+/- up to 45 degrees) households with the installation of solar photo voltaics. This will contribute to the G-Cel consortium’s initial target of 2500 homes. This could save an estimated 3000 tonnes of C02 per year, while helping low-income households deal with fuel poverty.

Project Development Officer, Rob McGhee said, “This project will make a real difference for householders feeling the effects of rising energy prices as well as supporting community organisations suffering from the government cuts. To find out more or help contact, Sustainable Wales’ on 01656 783405 or email info. There is a page devoted to the issue on www.sustainablewales.org. Hard copy leaflets are available from SUSSED at 92, John St. Or the SW office.

Notes:

*1. The ‘G-Cel’ consortium

The project has partners all linked into G-Cel, a consortium of well – established community-based groups of which Sustainable Wales and SUSSED Wales are members. G-Cel is a new social enterprise established to obtain the required finance, the technical back-up and practical skills. (Groups include: Creation Dev Trust, New Sandfields Aberavon Dev Trust, SUSSED Wales, Green Renewable Wales (technical back-up and installation), Glyncoch Community Regeneration Ltd, Action in Caerau – Ely)

I WOULD URGE YOU ALL TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST – print out the form below or if you have an questions or would like to register your interest via phone call: 01656 783405 or email info@sustainablewales.org. There is a page devoted to the issue on www.sustainablewales.org. Hard copy leaflets are available from SUSSED at 92, John St. Or the SW office.

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REGISTER OF INTEREST FORM FOR FREE PV PANELS

Please note: This form does not commit you to having Solar Panels. It registers your interest in the project. If your property meets the requirements, a structural engineer will call to examine the roof and provide you with full details and advise you of your eligibility. There will be community benefits from every installation.

Please tick or complete the following, as appropriate.

  1. Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flat
  2. Owner-occupier Mortgaged Rented (Inc Council or Housing Association)
  1. When was the property built? ______.
  2. Is the roof south-facing? FRONT BACK OTHER
  3. Is the attic clear of obstruction? YES NO □(NOTE: For the safety of the installers we require clear access to the underside of the roof (south side) in the attic space)
  1. For scaffolding, is there a clear space to the south-facing exterior of the property?

YES NO □(NOTE: Space required approx 10ft long x 8ft wide.)

  1. Is there a skylight on the south-facing roof? YES NO
  2. Do you have more than 6 inches of loft insulation? YES NO
  3. Do you have cavity wall insulation? YES NO
  1. How did you find out about the project?…………………………………………………..

NAME………………………………………………………………………………

PHONE NO………………………………………………..

ADDRESS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

………………………………………………………………………………………..POSTCODE………………………………..

SIGNATURE………………………………………………………………………..DATE……………………………………..

Your personal details are covered under the DATA Protection Act and will not be sent to any organisation other than those directly involved in the project.

If you have an questions or would like to register your interest via phone call: 01656 783405 or email info@sustainablewales.org.UK

Return by Hand or post to: Sustainable Wales, 41 John Street, Porthcawl CF36 3AP.

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