The South West Devon Community Energy Partnership has arranged a day’s training with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) for energy 'champions' , to enable them to offer basic energy efficiency advice within their communities. This advice could be delivered via promotional stalls, energy shops/surgeries, talks to community groups , participation in the CARD project etc (see separate post).Read More →
Energy Efficiency Project in Harbertonford -Community Action for Retrofit Delivery – C.A.R.D
CARD is a project that the South West Devon Community Energy Partnership (SWD CEP), of which TTT is a member, has agreed with the Energy Savings Trust (they are providing some support and funding). The overall aims are:-
- Identify the part that community groups can play to drive uptake of retrofit measures and energy saving changes within domestic properties in their locality. Highlight any barriers in effective take-up of home improvements relating to efficiency measures and understand how they can be overcome through community engagement and joint working.
- Establish a core pool of retrofitted properties across a number of communities providing valuable case studies and encouraging further take up through peer to peer knowledge exchange.Read More →
Congratulations to South Brent Community Energy Society whose wind turbine started generating on 5th September. More information on their website.
With rising energy bills, more households in fuel poverty, the Green Deal making headlines and local authorities receiving a greater number of enquiries and applications for renewable energy installations; one local partnership, is approaching the cost of energy head on.
Transition Town Totnes is part of the South West Devon Community Energy Partnership (SWD CEP) is a unique network of local authorities, including Devon County Council, with community energy and environmental groups throughout the South Hams, West Devon and DartmoorNational Park. The partnership has been supported through the SEACS project, match funded by Devon County Council and the EU Interreg IVa programme.Read More →
A bit of history!
The Open Eco-Homes Weekend held September 7th-9th in Totnes and Dartington began in 2008 with a simple walking tour of eco homes and businesses in Dartington. 35 people took part.
By 2009 there were 75 participants and the logistics of that many people visiting a home meant that we had to rethink the event. The answer was the Open Eco-Homes Weekend. In 2010 13 homes took part and an estimated 500 visits were made. This was also the first year that we held an eco-fair which coincided with the launch of the solar PV panels on the Civic Hall, the Transition Streets project and the publication of 'Local Sustainable Homes', the Transition guide to sustainable housing.Read More →