The New SSCE Community Fund
We are pleased to announce that community organisations in Lichfield District can now apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings from the new ‘Go Green’ grant scheme which has been set up by Southern Staffordshire Community Energy.
Grants of up to £2000 are available to carry out work aimed at improving energy efficiency in community buildings. The grants may either fund the whole of the work or contribute to a larger project. Alternatively organisations can apply for funding for an energy audit of their building to help identify energy improvements which are needed.
Further guidance and application forms can be found here. Closing date for applications is 3rd January 2014.
New Directors Appointed at AGM – September 2013
The SSCE Board welcomed two new directors at the AGM – John Coombes and Doug Haigh. John and Doug bring their many years’ experience as architect and chartered surveyor respectively to the management committee.
Also at the AGM directors Robin Powell and Robin Taylor were re-appointed, having been obliged to retire by rotation. Both have been directors of the Society since its formation.
Read the report of the meeting here SSCE Director’s Report 2012-13
Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme relief (SEIS)
Just a reminder to our Members to claim SEIS relief on your tax return for the financial year 2012-13 if you are a tax-payer. A valuable benefit, the scheme allows those eligible to re-claim up to 50% of their investment in SSCE. Forms SEIS3, which you need for your claim, were sent out to our shareholders earlier this year. Details of the SEIS can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/seedeis/ .
FREE home energy surveys are still available from SSCE
Did you know that free energy surveys are available from SSCE to anyone living in Southern Staffordshire and surrounding areas? We mainly cover Lichfield, Tamworth, Cannock, East Staffs and Stafford areas, but we can travel further afield.
We provide unbiased recommendations on what measures you can take to make your home warmer and more comfortable (and save money too!).
We can advise on the sources of financial help available including the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, Green Deal and other sources.
We can also put you in touch with ethical energy co-operative, the Energy Saving Co-operative who can help to get the measures installed and working with a range of tried and trusted local installers. They can also enable access to fair and ethical finance if you need it.
Solid Wall Insulation
Many homes in this area are of solid wall construction. Solid wall homes are often poorly insulated and lose a high proportion of their heat through the walls.
To help residents of Lichfield to understand more about solid wall insulation, Southern Staffordshire Community Energy and the Energy Saving Co-op were asked by Lichfield District Council to commission a video showing how it works and how to identify a solid wall property. View video here.
If you live in a solid wall property and would like to further help on insulating it, or to request a free energy survey, please contact Kate Sadler on 07565 963282 or email her on email@example.com.