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Carmarthenshire Energy

The Venture

Carmarthenshire Energy is a social enterprise, working with communities to reduce energy costs, tackle fuel poverty, generate clean renewable energy, and keep the profits local.

Our need for heat and electrical power is local and global, as is the need to cut our production of greenhouse gases by consuming fossil fuels.

“Delivering energy saving and renewable energy schemes can be a real challenge for small communities. We believe communities have a right to benefit directly from their natural resources, and we aim to provide just enough support to deliver every possible scheme, while leaving as much of the control and profit as possible with the community. ” Neil Lewis, Chair of Carmarthenshire Energy

While government and business have key roles in delivering change on these issues, we feel that communities have a crucial role and responsibility to meet the challenge too.

We also believe that taking that challenge on and planning a future where we own and generate sustainable energy can be a stimulant to creating stronger, more resilient and happier communities. Although we recognise that energy auditing, and a planned approach to reducing energy use, is the priority in terms of energy efficiency, we see the potential for renewable energy schemes to earn money as a way of securing the resources to deliver those aims.

We can build a brighter, cleaner and wealthier future for our communities, by working together.

We’re currently busier than ever. If you feel you could offer skills or time to Carmarthenshire Energy, or simply want to sign up as a member to show support for the work we do, please get in touch. We are a friendly bunch and would love to hear from you. Join Now!

Achievements

  • We have secured 2 years of Leader funding for developing innovative projects.The appointees will be funded through match-funding of our volunteer Board.
  • We have appointed an Energy Local Manager/General Manager on a full-time basis.
  • There is an Electric Vehicle Charge point co-ordinator working with Carmarthenshire County Council’s Transport department to deploy infrastructure for EVs.This person will also be communicating with neighbouring Authorities to develop an EV strategy.
  • Nominated for a Wales Green Energy Award 2015 in the ‘Community Engagement’ Category.
  • Community consultation for the Carmarthenshire Energy Ltd Turbine 1 scheme in Llanarthne.
  • Salem community share offer raised £351,049 towards the CELT2 project.
  • Worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to deliver a 10kW system at Richmond Park School.
  • Host two Carmarthenshire Co-ordinators and two mentors for the Renew Wales programme, supporting development of climate change action plans with communities and groups. Outdoor learning activities and resource sheets developed in partnership with Outdoor Learning Wales are now available across Wales through that network.

Contact

75 Water Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1PZ

01267 616333

mail@carmarthenshireenergy.org

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