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Community Fund Grants 2015/16

In 2013-14 SSCE was able for the first time to direct some of its surplus to a Community Fund, enabling a number of community buildings, including the Lichfield Garrick Theatre, to benefit from energy audits. The Society is delighted to announce that with the surplus accumulated to 2015, it has decided to again make available a Community Fund (total £5000), and is inviting owners or leaseholders of community buildings in Lichfield District to apply for a grant of up to £1000 each to improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of community buildings in Lichfield District.

The grants will be provided either:

  1. for energy audits for the buildings OR
  2. for measures which will contribute to improving their energy efficiency or to the installation of renewable energy measures (max £1000)

Any organisation that received a grant from the 2013-14 fund is welcome to apply for funding for work arising from the energy audit carried out then.

You can download here full details of the scheme and an application form. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2015.

The kinds of energy efficiency measures that would be considered include:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • External or internal solid wall insulation
  • Roof or floor insulation
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Draught-proofing
  • Double-glazing or secondary glazing
  • Improved heating and/or lighting controls
  • Energy efficient boilers

The types of renewable energy installation that would be considered include:

  • Solar thermal panels for water heating
  • Solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation
  • Ground or air source heat pumps
  • Biomass boilers
  • Small wind turbines

We very much look forward to receiving applications to the fund and to continuing to help the district towards greater energy efficiency and reducing its CO2 emissions.

Chase Community Solar

SSCE has been instrumental in the establishment of Chase Community Solar Ltd (CCS). CCS is a new community benefit Society which has recently raised £750,000 from a share offer to fund the installation of solar PV on up to 300 Council properties in Cannock Chase district. The tenants in the properties, mainly elderly, will benefit from free solar electricity with anticipated savings of £100-200 per annum in most cases. CCS will pay a fair rate of interest to investors. Installation of the systems. Over the lifetime of the project we estimate that around 330 tonnes of CO2 will be saved.

This is believed to be the first community energy project to install solar panels on individual Council properties, providing free solar electricity to the occupants. More details on the project can be found at www.chasesolar.org.uk and it was recently featured on ITV Central News 
The first installations are expected to take place at the beginning of April 2015.

The Astbury family outside their PV panelled house.

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The Community Fund

Six Lichfield community buildings are benefiting from the SSCE Community Fund, a fund built up from surpluses from solar panel schemes and other energy-saving projects.

One of the organisations reaping rewards from the Fund is the Lichfield Garrick for which SSCE funded an in-depth audit of its energy use by specialist Warwickshire based consultants Encraft Ltd. Since the audit the Garrick has implemented a number of changes which include saving money on its energy bills through the installation of energy-saving LED lighting.

SSCE Directors with Lichfield Garrick Trustees and staff at energy audit presentation



SSCE Directors with Lichfield Garrick Trustees and staff at energy audit presentation

The Fund has also supported audits at other local community buildings including Shenstone Village Hall, Handsacre Church, Beacon Park Scout Hut, and Martin Heath Hall, leading in several cases to upgrades being undertaken.

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