As part of Community Energy Pembrokeshire‘s Local Energy Action Force (LEAF) pilot project, St David’s and the surrounding area now has it’s own community action group to champion energy awareness, energy efficiency, renewable energy and other vital enabling elements at the local level. The objective of the project is to develop teams of people in local communities with the right skills and support to identify and develop sustainable energy projects for local people to own, operate, and potentially buy energy from. This is expected to keep energy bills down and retain money within the local economy as well as help in meeting the challenges of climate change.
The group, headed by Geraint Michael, the LEAF Project Officer for St. David’s area, includes local residents with broad experience from a variety of backgrounds. The team has met a number of times already to develop ideas and discuss priority actions, with a view towards implementing measures that will hopefully help the local area develop in an ecologically sustainable way.
Paul has participated in several of the meetings, particularly from the perspective of buildings’ energy performance. The group is hoping to re-purpose and revitalise a community building into a centre for local energy advocacy and demonstration of practical technologies.
Next meeting will be in Solva Memorial Hall on August 22nd.
Last weekend saw Solva embrace the annual frenzy of music, literature, sport, food and indeed drink that is the Edge Festival. Organised, presented and staffed largely by volunteers from the community it is now well established as a shining feature of the Pembrokeshire events calendar.
For those not in the know, Solva is a fabulous village in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, a stones throw from the magnificent City (yes it really is a city) of St David’s. It has been home to Paul & Madeline Cowley for just over 2 years now.
Edge V included some memorable musical acts, including Lady Gaga (sort-of), Definitely Oasis (maybe), the brilliant Bob Marley Experience and our favourites of the weekend, 4th Street. Much merriment was had by all and a quite monumental amount of beer, cider and gin was consumed. (Solva Gin by the way is fast becoming a thing of legend. Do give it a try if ever you are down this way 😉 )
Paul & Mad volunteered for a couple of hours behind the bar on Saturday night and Paul helped a little with dismantling the site on Monday morning.
Huge congratulations and thanks to Josh, Ifor, Dan, Gill, Patrick and all the amazing volunteers for a wicked and wild weekend.
Thanks also to EPS for the stirling work on pulling Cowley Electrical’s big-screen advert into shape.
Strong in this one the Force is, Hmmmm?
Excellent work by young Alex to polish of his AM2, complete his Apprenticeship and claim his rightful place as a qualified electrician.
Alex has been with us as an apprentice for the past three years, during which time he has demonstrated his proficiency in many areas of our installations work. He is now a skilled electrician and very capable PV installer and has a good head on him. What’s more he’s a thoroughly decent chap.
Well done mate. We look forward to your continuing development and welcome you fully into the Cowley Family
We’ve made a few changes around here. A brand new website and refreshed branding. We hope you like what we’ve done to the place.
We’re aiming to be a bit more ‘sociable’ from now on, with news and developments being posted here. Do pop back when you can 🙂