I have been spouting on and on about KW. Well the process of making KW’s with renewables also generates opportunities and not necessarily from the money. Several of the community energy companies I work with are now employing local people to run various aspects of projects or just the day-to-day operation. One of the examples of ‘opportunity generating’ has been Elin Prysor Williams who at the launch of the Ynni Padarn Peris share offer volunteered her services to the company. The experience of working with us led on to a successful bid for a scholarship from Scottish Power which was in fact presented to her by the King of Spain. (parent Company is Spanish) With this scholarship she is now studying a Master’s Degree in Energy Management in Strathclyde University and all thanks to micro hydro on the slopes above the mountain village of Llanberis. Ynni Padarn Peris also found out just before Christmas that The Welsh Government will be part funding a research project (A PhD no less) looking into the real social benefit of distributed energy and especially that of community energy. Saying that energy generation helps communities is one thing but we are looking for hard peer-reviewed facts to share with the world and hope carry on this success story of local generation. In fact we also find out in March if we have been successful with our Big Lottery bid… many, many more opportunities to make a difference.
It’s more than energy. Sustainability, opening up opportunities, creating possibilities, confidence… oh and saving the planet!