Welcome to Southern Staffordshire Community Energy

AGM 2016

Our fifth Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 14 September in the Community Room at Lichfield Fire Station, Birmingham Road, Lichfield, WS13 6HU.

Doors of the meeting room will open at 7pm when light refreshments will be available, and the AGM will start at 7.30pm. Here are the agenda, annual accounts, the Board’s Annual Report and the draft minutes of the 2015 AGM.

There will be an update on our latest project ‘Saving Lives with Solar’ in partnership with University Hospitals of North Midlands, and following the business of the AGM, we have invited Martin Peake, Chief Executive of charity Beat The Cold, together with the Housing Officer for Lichfield and Tamworth Councils, to speak on tackling fuel-poverty in Lichfield District. Martin is also closely involved in the University Hospitals project and Beat the Cold will be a key partner in providing advice and support to individuals identified by Hospital staff as suffering from cold-related illness.  This part of the meeting is open to all and members of the society are welcome to bring guests.

We look forward to seeing members and guests on the 14th.

NEW Unique Investment Opportunity

Saving lives with solar – a unique partnership project with the University Hospitals of the North Midlands Trust and fuel poverty charity Beat the Cold

Late August 2015, we were approached by the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Having heard about the Cannock Chase project they were interested in the possibility of us helping  with a Community Benefit Scheme to install Solar PV that would not only result in cost and carbon saving for the Trust but also allow them to provide a benefit to the local communities around their hospitals.

Our mood quickly shifted from cautiously interested to positively zealous  as the Government slashed their support for renewable technologies requiring us and the Trust’s Estates team to work fast together to survey, model and apply for Ofgem Pre-registration by the end of September deadline.

For the last 11 months with the same level of commitment and discipline as our previous projects, applying our cumulative learning and experience dealing with multiple stakeholders we have put together a unique investment proposal.

From the outset we have been driven by the idea of creating a replicable sustainable  model with, at its heart, a Community Fund the impact of which was quantifiably deep and far reaching.

Based on tremendous cooperation between the Trust Sustainability and Estates team,  Head Consultants of  Elderly and Respiratory Disease in A&E and local fuel poverty charity Beat the Cold we believe we have fulfilled this ambition with a plan constructed, managed and measured with academic rigour. We believe that our interventions amongst the elderly “frequent flyers”  who live in areas around the A&E units with fuel poverty rates up to 4 times the national average will bring major health benefits.

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However the benefit is not just confined to the use of the Community Fund. The power generated on the hospital’s roofs will save 2337 Tonnes of CO2 as well as potentially insulate the Trust against  between £20000 and £600000 of electricity inflation money that will be directly reinvested in improved hospital services.

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We hope that you will be able to join us by investing in one of the last FIT supported schemes and one that has ambition to leave a truly unique legacy for the communities that the Stoke and Stafford Hospitals serve.

More details are available from our ethical investment partner ethex:

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