Over the last 18 months a number of initiatives have been implemented in homes and community buildings helping the residents of Llangattock significantly reduce slash their energy use and CO2 emissions. The projects included the local school installing solar panels and 100 radiator panels, the village hall installing an air source heat pump, and 43 local homes installed 655 energy efficiency and generation measures such as insulation, solar panels, a biomass boiler, multi-fuel stoves and new efficient boilers.
The community expects to save £62,000 over the next five years and nearly 200 tonnes of CO2.
Llangattock reports it was chosen from 100 nationwide projects to be one of the final 14 communities that would go compete over a 14 months period as part of the Green Streets challenge, a project designed to encourage UK communities to conserve power and embrace renewable energy.
The two runners up in the competition were the Meadows Partnership Trust in Nottingham and the Bradford Bandits BMX Club. British Gas reports it will work with a school chosen by the Bradford Bandits “to make the school more sustainable and help cut their energy bills by providing measures like solar panels and insulation. The Meadows project will receive support from British Gas to set up its own eco-taxi service of electric cars. Both prizes will be worth around a combined £70,000.”
Recently British Gas launched the energyshare tariff, a new Ofgem accredited green tariff which supports community energy projects with funding. Over 800 communities energy groups have already registered online.
Gearóid Lane, British Gas Managing Director of New Markets, notes, “Over the last 14 months the people of Llangattock have shown some amazing levels of commitment to cutting carbon emissions, changing their behavior and educating the wider community about what can be done. We are thrilled to crown them Green Streets champions. We believe it is people at a local level who will help revolutionize the way that energy is generated and consumed in Britain. The British Gas Green Streets project is about helping people act as trailblazers to inspire others.”
Michael Butterfield, Project leader at Llangattock, adds: “We’re committed to building on this success, and to helping neighbouring communities develop their own sustainable vision. Through Green Streets we’ve learned that, together, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. The past 18 months has been a huge success for us here in Llangattock because we’ve all been working with a common purpose and a firm belief that our future is not being written for us but by us.”