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Community groups benefit from energy efficiency funding

Carly Wills, Editor


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Eight community groups across London, the East and South East of England are celebrating receiving grants from UK Power Networks’ Power Partners programme.

The community support was launched earlier this year to help local groups and charities become more energy efficient (by funding building and renovation work to make their buildings warmer and cheaper to heat) or train community advisors to provide practical advice to residents in fuel poverty.

The second round of grants this year sees a total of £113,608 awarded, administered by energy justice charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy. It brings 2019’s total grants to more than £368,000 shared amongst 24 community projects. 

Kerry Potter, consumer vulnerability manager for UK Power Networks, said: “After a highly successful first round of Power Partners funding, we are delighted to award eight organisations with grants that will specifically help them to create more energy efficient spaces.

“We’ve already had some fantastic feedback from previous recipients of Power Partners funding who have used their grants to put energy efficient upgrades in place that have already made a substantial difference to cost and energy efficiency.”

Recipient of the fund includes Smarden Community Store in Kent which is using its grant to install solar panels, extra insulation and an electric vehicle charging point into its innovation eco-shop. It is estimated the technology will save the community group £2,600 annually in energy costs with the savings used to support a community outreach officer. 

Power Partners will reopen for more applications in February 2020. Visit the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) for updates and more information.

The recipients of round two of Power Partners funding are:

  • Smarden Community Store, near Ashford, Kent £14,376
    Innovative eco-shop. Full insulation and solar panels. Will use savings (estimated £2,647) to pay for outreach officer.
  • Thinking Works, London £19,975
    Training foodbank volunteers.
  • Epsom Ewell Foodbank, Surrey £9,348
    Expand advice and support to foodbank users and train volunteers, especially to work with the elderly.
  • Crew Energy, London £13,270
    This Energy café run by UCL students will use funds to build skill base of volunteers.
  • Groundwork East Mill Green, Hatfield, Hertfordshire £9,950
    Partnership with Deaf Blind UK to work with clients in isolated areas of Bury St Edmunds, Huntingdon and Peterborough.
  • Energise Sussex Coast, St Leonards On Sea £15,000
    Funding to support innovative electric caravan to tour isolated communities and reach most vulnerable people. 
  • Public Voice CIC, Tottenham, London £20,000
    Partnership with Haringey council and BAME, LGBQT+ and mental health charities offering phone advice and home visits.
  • Holy Trinity Church, Tulse Hill, London £11,689
    Fitting of LED bulbs (church already has solar PV). Savings to be spent towards on-going work with elderly, young offenders, debt advice etc.

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