We were delighted this week to receive a grant offer letter for the full amount of LEADER funding requested from Arwain Sir Benfro for our Local Energy Action Force proposal.
Local Energy Action Force (LEAF) is initially funded for 18 months.
The key objective is to invest in people - principally a cohort of around 20, across five communities - St Davids, Tiers Cross, the cluster of Milford Haven, Hubberston and Hakin, the village of Tavernspite and a community of 39 dwellings at LLanteg Park.
These places offer very different energy challenges. The cohort of volunteers will be supported by:
1. A steering group of delivery partners including Pembrokeshire College, PAVS, Marine Energy Wales, PLANED, SPECIFIC (Swansea University) and Welsh Government Energy Service
2. 2 days per week of project manager time, and 9 days per week of project officer time. Project Officers envisaged as a team of 3, ideally located across the five community's in terms of geography
3. A series of capacity building days delivered by the above partners, tailored to the skill needs (technical, governance, engagement and finance) of the cohort
4. A series of visits to projects and sites delivering sustainable energy solutions, and open more widely to members of the public
5. Resource for a series of community events in each community and as a growing Pembrokeshire network
6. Technical support with potential for feasibility grants for projects from Welsh Government Energy Service
The objective is to develop teams of people in local communities with the right skills and support to identify and develop sustainable energy projects for local people to own, operate, and buy energy from. Keeping bills down and money local as well as meeting the challenges of climate change.
We will be keeping you up to date with project progress via the LEAF page on this site and our social media channels.