LoCal would like to operate a pop-up shop somewhere in Lichfield city centre, and is currently working towards bringing this to fruition. This would offer information on climate change, the everyday actions we can all take to live more lightly on the planet, crafts with recycled materials, educational activities for youngsters and other stuff. Update June 2017: while we’ve so far been unsuccessful in finding a proper shop, we did run a version of our pop-up shop for a day courtesy of Tescos, in their foyer in the Lichfield store. Many thanks to them for offering us this space.
SOUTHERN STAFFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY ENERGY and CHASE COMMUNITY SOLAR
In 2011, members of LoCaL and Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group established a community benefit society, Southern Staffordshire Community Energy Limited (SSCE), which raised funds through a community share issue and had solar PV panels installed, on the roofs of St Giles Hospice and the Village Hall at Whittington, near Lichfield. The society receives the government Feed-in Tariff, and the electricity is free to the building users when the panels are producing electricity. Income is used to pay to run the society, pay interest to its investors, and to administer a Community Fund, from which it has granted monies to a number of local community organisations (including the Lichfield Garrick) for energy-efficiency work on their buildings. Similarly, in 2015 it worked with University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust to have PV panels installed on a number of their buildings, a proportion of the income being channelled to an innovative project aiming to help the Trust address health issues of local people living in inadequately heated homes. Find out more at www.ssce.co.uk.
SSCE’s panels on St Giles Hospice, Whittington Handing over energy-efficient lighting to a church
Born out of SSCE, another community benefit society, Chase Community Solar Limited, more ambitiously and with the support of Cannock Chase District Council, raised around £1M through a community share issue and a loan, to complete the installation in 2015 of PV panels on 314 council-owned bungalows in Cannock, Rugeley and Hednesford. These help the tenants, who are mainly elderly and/or on low incomes, to save money on their energy bills and stay warm in their homes. Read more at chasesolar.org.uk.
SOLAR 500 DISCOUNTED SOLAR PANEL SCHEME (Closed)
In order to encourage local energy resilience and to reduce carbon emissions, in 2010 Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) negotiated attractive prices for domestic solar PV panels and they and LoCal promoted them to people in the local area. The scheme applied across Lichfield, Tamworth, and neighbouring areas, reaching a total of over 100 installations, and has now finished.
ENERGY PROJECT 2010-11
This project initially ran in pilot from 2010-2011 in the three wards of Curborough, Chadsmead and Stowe in north Lichfield, and was funded by the North Lichfield Initiative, Staffordshire County Council and Lichfield District Council. 50 households in these wards took advantage of our free home energy audit service, whereby a volunteer from LoCaL visited their home and carried out an audit on their domestic energy use. The auditee was given information regarding the size of their carbon footprint, plus appropriate recommendations for actions that could help them reduce their energy use, save money, and/or reduce their footprint further. Further ad-hoc audits were carried out by request, but sadly we are no longer able to offer this service.