Maria Caulfield MP and local Councillors Isabelle Linington and Matthew Milligan have joined local residents at an Ovesco CommuniHeat event in Barcombe.
CommuniHeat is a partnership between the people of Barcombe, local community energy group Ovesco, engineering practice Buro Happold and electricity distributor UK Power Networks to develop the roadmap which aims to understand how rural communities can switch to low-carbon heating in a way that ensures comfort, affordability and a smooth transition.
The event was held to update residents on the project, show them how the village could look as a zero carbon community and also to introduce a variety of local renewable energy installers so that the residents can begin to think about options and be encouraged to take ownership of their energy plans, with guidance from the CommuniHeat team.
CommuniHeat has appointed and trained 4 local Energy Champions who have installed 44 homes with heat and power metering and 85 heat loss surveys carried out.
Maria Caulfield MP for Barcombe said “Decarbonising heating systems is crucial to tackling the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and I’m delighted that Barcombe is leading the way to demonstrate how to make the decarbonisation of heat a reality. It is fantastic to see UK Power Networks passionately collaborating with a range of stakeholders, to ensure they support rural constituents like mine to decarbonise as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Cllr Matthew Milligan, County Councillor for Chailey, which includes Barcombe, said “We are so pleased that Barcombe has been chosen for this ground breaking project that will help inform government about the possibilities of transforming rural energy usage, and that the model will be used by other villages for years to come. Not only are we reducing Barcombe’s carbon footprint but helping others do so at the same time.”