Fens Co-op intend to set up a separate community fund with annual payments based on a percentage of the profits from the two turbines at Deeping St Nicholas. Last year Fens Co-op set aside £10,000 to be spent on community initiatives. During October the Fens Board awarded the £10,000 to local charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT). Read below for more details.
Energy boost for low income homes
Local charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has been awarded £10,000 funding from the Fenland Green Power Co-Operative.
With these funds, combined with further match-funding, the charity will aim to deliver over £45,000 energy savings for low-income households, making a real impact in the community and improving residents’ quality of life in South Holland. The work is expected to start in early 2017.
There are over 40,000 households in this area, of which more than 3,000 are estimated to be fuel poor. In addition to this, 37.5% of households are off-grid, which is more than double the national average. PECT aims to reduce fuel poverty in the area, by providing vulnerable households with the information and resources needed to stay warm and healthy.
The funding for this project has been granted to PECT by the Fenland Green Power Co-operative, which own two turbines at Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, funded by a members’ subscription of over 1,000 share holders.
Carly Leonard, CEO of Peterborough Environment City Trust meets Fenland Green Power Co-operative Board members David Chenery, Nicholas Watt, and Andrew Moore at the site of the wind turbines in Deeping St Nicholas.
“As a charity, our mission is to protect and enhance the environment throughout Peterborough and beyond,” explains PECT’s CEO Carly Leonard. “We see the reduction of energy use as an essential element in helping us achieve this aim. Forming this collaboration with a community-owned green energy co-operative further fulfils these ambitions and we’re delighted to be part of this project.”
For more information about PECT and its work, please visit the website at www.pect.org.uk.