AN INNOVATIVE community energy project at Sedgeberrow has been awarded grant funding to take the proposal through the planning process.
The proposal would utilise a 250kW wind turbine to power a heat pump and other electrical equipment at New Leaf nurseries.
This would immediately give substantial carbon reductions, reduce costs for the nursery and eventually provide some income for the local community.
Initial work on the scheme was carried out by Sharenergy, a co-operative who specialise in setting up community energy schemes.
Evesham Vale Energy Renewables is being set up as a Community Benefit Society, this society will also look at other possible schemes in the Evesham Vale area in the future.
Mike Parker, currently speaking for Evesham Vale Energy Renewables (EVER), said: “We are very pleased to get further backing from this scheme from the Rural Community Energy Fund.”
Richard Hunt, parish councillor and Village Flood Warden welcomed EVER. Both felt strongly, “it’s a long overdue contribution to village sustainability aims expressed in 2009 by fellow village authors of their booklet, “A Vision for the Future” and the later work of Sedgeberrow Sustainable and Manageable Energy.
Mike added: “We are now looking for more people to get involved with Evesham Vale Energy Renewables, who can help us bring this exciting and very relevant scheme to fruition.”