Success for local energy co-op

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Community groups and homeowners in a mid Cornwall parish have been given £13k from the local energy co-operative.

Howzat! Ladock Cricket Club's Paddy Morgan (left) and Mike Ellery (right) are bowled over after receiving a £500 award from Low Carbon Ladock's secretary, Joe Manders (centre)
Howzat! Ladock Cricket Club’s Paddy Morgan (left) and Mike Ellery (right) are bowled over after receiving a £500 award from Low Carbon Ladock’s secretary, Joe Manders (centre)

The funding, generated from Low Carbon Ladock’s renewable energy installations in the area, is used to help reduce people’s electricity bills and improve community infrastructure.

In total Low Carbon Ladock received grant applications for £28,750 during its latest funding round.

The organisation gave two £5,325 grants for solar PV installations on domestic properties; £650 towards Ladock playing field improvements; £500 to Ladock Cricket Club clubhouse repairs; and £1.2k to replace the Grampound Road Village Hall kitchen.

Low Carbon Ladock’s chairman, Chris Jones, said: “We opened up for applications just before Christmas and the response was incredible.

“Sadly there was only £13k to allocate so we had to really think hard about which projects were to most deserving and could have the greatest positive impact on the local community.

“As people know, planning is in for the installation of an additional wind turbine in the parish and we’re hopeful it will be successful as it will mean that over the next 20 years we will be able to generate at least another £600k to be ploughed back into worthwhile projects.”