Energise Barnsley has had a strong start to 2019. The community energy society, along with Berneslai Homes and Barnsley Council, delivered its’ ‘Social Impact Report’. This described the local projects it has helped through the ‘Solar Community Fund’. This is the extra money generated from solar panels. Find out more about the fund here.
In 2018, the fund supported two local charities who provided energy advice clinics and support to help people to ‘live well’ in the winter months. The fund also helped Gateway Church in Barnsley to run ‘Healthy Cooking Courses for those on a Low Income’ helping residents to budget and eat well. They also installed LED lights at Dearne Playhouse helping them to save money on their electricity bills.
Building on this success, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced at The Future Build Conference that Energise Barnsley had been chosen as one of 13 collaboration groups to share £8.57million.
The BEIS award will now allow Energise Barnsley to fit a further 49 smart batteries in homes with air source heat pumps. The project can also start to design smart time of use tariffs, to reduce tenant electricity bills. Find out more here.
Ofgem, the government regulator for electricity and gas in the UK, has since invited Andy to sit on the ‘Challenger Group for Network Access and Forward-Looking Charges,’ representing Energise Barnsley.
Andy Heald, Energise Barnsley Director, said: “We are proud to continue our work in the community to reduce electricity bills, and build a future electricity network that benefits low carbon technologies.”
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “Energise Barnsley has done a fantastic job building on their success in 2017. Their work not only puts money back into the community, but it is being recognised and rewarded at a national level. This is a brilliant example of local projects benefiting our borough and residents.”
Find out more about the 2018 Social Impact Report here: www.energisebarnsley.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2018-EBL-Social-Impact-Report-AH-1.pdf
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