ACE successfully secured £36,300 from the Rural Community Energy Fund to investigate renewable energy options in the village, including heat networks and solar options.
ACE was formed to represent all the community buildings in the village, in order that they were warm, welcoming and environmentally friendly for residents and other users.
Everyone involved in the project has learned a tremendous amount about the energy sector. They now represent the area’s interests on Northern Powergrid’s Customer Engagement Group, Regen’s Transforming Energy Group and a newly formed Richmondshire Environment and Climate Change Partnership. Following training, there are now two local Energy Ambassadors, giving advice, organising donations to those in fuel poverty and allocating Warm and Well care packs. The group is also active in educational projects, focusing on LED and solar powered vehicles.
The group is replacing lighting in community buildings with energy efficient LED lighting while funds are also being raised to convert the multi-use games area floodlights. New opportunities are being identified all the time, particularly relating to solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.