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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park supports Sustainable Development

Friday 24th January 2014

The Solar House at Rhosygilwen

The sustainable Solar House under construction at Rhosygilwen

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park supports Sustainable Development

          Emma Taylor the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) Administrator for PCNP was the guest speaker at Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group's first meeting of the new year.

          Emma started by setting out the aims of the fund which reflect the Welsh Government's attitude towards a vision of a sustainable Wales as in their One Wales: One Planet message.

          Since 2000 approximately 3.25 million has gone into the fund and this has generated a further 4.24 million in 'match funding'. It is used to provide initial support to projects which aim to achieve sustainable development in a countryside of great natural beauty and diversity in which the local characteristics of culture, wildlife, landscape, land use and community are conserved and enhanced. Projects focus on demonstrating practical solutions to the environmental, economic and cultural issues relevant locally. The need to support projects in their early stages or as completely new ventures is very necessary as other funding can be very difficult to obtain.

          Some of the groups supported in the National Park include the 'Wildfuels' project at the Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, which looked to use the local resource of reed beds to provide for thatching and also chipping it to be used in their new biomass burner; the Lime Company of West Wales which uses traditional methods to preserve our built heritage and runs workshops to pass on knowledge and expertise; social inclusion schemes which provide access to more remote areas for wheelchair users; providing a farmer with equipment to harvest seeds from his native hay meadow to sell to others who wish to follow this tradition and building extra accommodation for a bee farm to enable this to become a sustainable business.

          Knowing PSEEG's interest in renewable energy Emma illustrated how the results of the SDF's seed corn funding for the Deltastream prototype tested in Milford Haven gave outcomes which allowed access to much larger amounts of funding and the equipment will be tested in Ramsey Sound for one year from early 2014. On Ramsey Island itself a 7.5 metre wind turbine, an array of 4 PV panels and a battery inverter supply energy to the farmhouse and volunteer accommodation. All this has reduced burning of fossil fuel, reduced energy costs and reduced CO2 emissions. If this can be achieved in such a special and sensitive area it can be copied elsewhere.

          A large project being undertaking is to build affordable solar homes to provide environmental and social benefits. It sources timber locally, provides local labour, teaches new skills and changes awareness of timber houses. The first three bedroom Eco house is situated at Rhosygilwen. It has 8kW PVs, battery storage and can export surplus electricity to the National Grid.

          The SDF helped with the creation of a Straw Baled Community Building at the Stackpole Walled Gardens. A new shop, cafe and community area has created a very sustainable, welcoming addition for the many visitors who come to see the gardens and buy the produce.

          Neil Sefton thanked Emma for a fascinating insight into this wide range of projects that the SDF had helped to start and nurture. It is very necessary financial support at the most difficult stage of any scheme.


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29th November 2013To Frack or Not to Frack: A talk by John Childs from Safe Energy Wales
11th October 2013Quiet Revolution at Pembroke Dock: A visit with Marten Lewis to the Quiet Revolution factory
27th September 2013Keeping the lights and heating on: A talk by Graham Goodeve
28th June 2013Pembroke 21C Community Association: A talk by Elizabeth Gossage, Pembroke 21C Development Officer
24th May 2013Life beneath the waves; the beauties and the beasts: A talk by Blaise Bullimore, European Marine Site Officer
29th March 2013The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor
1st March 2013Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales
25th January 2013Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer
30th November 2012Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array
26th October 2012The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy
28th September 2012A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project
14th September 2012Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre
29th June 2012The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth
1st June 2012Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader
11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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