Marshfield Energy Project (MEP)

October 10th, 2013 by

Project management and delivery of a community energy awareness and renewable energy project in Marshfield, South Gloucestershire.

Client

Marshfield Energy Group, Marshfield, South Gloucestershire.

Dates

Phase 1 – December 2011 to March 2012. Phase 2 September 2013 – November 2013

Funder

Phase 1 – Dept of Energy and Climate Change – Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF), Phase 2 – South Gloucestershire Council.

Project partners

IRT Surveys Ltd, Bath and West Community Energy, The Therapeutic Media Company Ltd, South West Air Energy Ltd.

What was the project about?

In the autumn of 2011 Marshfield Energy Project approached us for help bidding for funding under the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF). Following a community consultation they wanted to look at the options for improving the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in Marshfield and the options for a community renewable energy project.

Marshfield Energy Project Climate Works Ltd

Marshfield Energy Project – Walking Home.

We worked with the very dynamic steering group to submit a funding application which was accepted. Our role was to deliver key elements of the project and to manage the project and the partners.

Key outputs:

  • Thermal images of all domestic properties in the village as a way of raising awareness about energy efficiency – delivered by IRT.
  • A series of energy awareness raising activities throughout the community including a ‘walking home’, a specially composed song performed by the primary school children, and Young and Old activities. Delivered by The Therapeutic Media Company.
  • A full energy assessment with Energy Performance Certificates of 6 representative house-types in Marshfield, undertaken by South West Air Energy.
  • Preparation of 6 detailed case studies on improvement options for the 6 main house-types in Marshfield – prepared by Climate Works Ltd.
  • A scoping study of 6 sites as potential locations for community renewable energy projects (wind and solar PV), delivered by Climate Works Ltd.
  • A feasibility study of two of the 6 sites following the scoping study, delivered by Bath and West Community Energy.
  • An evaluation of legal structures and models for community renewable energy projects, with published guidance. Delivered by Climate Works Ltd.
  • A series of workshops with local contractors on how to prepare for the Green Deal. Delivered by Climate Works Ltd.
  • A community energy day at the end of the project. Organized by Marshfield Energy Project, Therapeutic Media and facilitated by Mark Letcher of Climate Works Ltd.
  • An evaluation report at the conclusion of the project prepared by Marshfield Energy Project and Climate Works Ltd.
  • We are now working with MEP to run a second Energy Day in November 2013, which will look in more detail at the options for a community renewable energy project and funding energy efficiency improvements.

Marshfield Energy Project

Rachel Simpkins South West Air Energy

Outcomes

MEP continues to develop the options for a community renewable energy project to meet the energy requirements of the village and provide a long-term source of revenue to be used as the discretion of the community.

For further information visit: http://www.marshfieldenergyproject.com/

Lessons drawn from the project

  • Community renewable energy is exciting for some, and a challenging issue for others. It takes time and effort to address concerns and keep people engaged with the issue.
  • Developing new community initiatives takes a long time, not least because much of the input will be voluntary. Grant programmes need to reflect this. Trying to rush things risks antagonizing local communities and lose of support and good will.
Written by

Environmental consultant, facilitator, founder & Director of Climate Works Ltd.