Forest of Dean District Council and partners to host community drop-in event in Lydney
Forest of Dean District Council and partners from the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will host a community drop-in event at Lydney Community Centre on Tuesday 1st November 2022 to discuss community solar projects in the area and share energy saving information with local people.
Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency, Cllr Paul Hiett said:
“This drop-in event is a fantastic opportunity for members of the local community and people from across the Forest of Dean to come and learn more about the solar energy project we have ongoing at the school and leisure centre in Lydney, as well as finding out how they can get involved in the initiative and help take this to the next level.
“We’re working with partners to actively support Freedom Leisure and The Dean Academy in addressing and cutting carbon emissions to not only reduce their energy usage, but also to help protect the leisure centre and school against rising energy costs.
“This is the first stage of this community project and we’re excited to see where this may lead in terms of future community solar projects across the district.
“I’d like to thank all staff who have been involved so far and look forward to making a real difference in reducing carbon in the Forest.”
Last year, Forest of Dean District Council was successful in securing funding as part of the AURORA Project to support community decarbonisation and to set-up the Forest Energy Community Initiative.
This will see members of the Council and partners at CSE work directly with communities to reduce their carbon emissions and to establish a community solar scheme through a community energy initiative.
The drop-in event at Lydney Community Centre will provide information to local people on the solar energy project being installed in Lydney, as well as sharing helpful information on how to lower energy consumption and in turn, how this can help residents lower their energy costs.
The Forest Energy Community Initiative drop-in will run from 3pm-7pm on Tuesday 1st November at Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney, GL15 5AT.
Residents and interested groups who would like to sign up for further updates as the project develops can do so at: http://eepurl.com/h5l4lf
The Forest Energy Community Initiative website can be found here: https://aurora-h2020.eu/fod-home/
Further information on the AURORA Project can be found here: https://news.fdean.gov.uk/news/council-to-benefit-from-european-investment-to-help-communities-tackle-climate-emergency
Forest of Dean Communications Team
Notes to editors
The Aurora project is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme which supports research and innovation. The goal of this EU funded programme is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. As a research and innovation based programme it is possible for organisations from the UK to be partners.