By Sean Morris: The first co-operative renewable energy group has been officially launched in Lichfield.
The Southern Staffordshire Community Energy (SSCE) group is committed to reducing dependance on fossil fuels and increasing use of renewable energy.
It has been set up by people living in southern Staffordshire as well as members of Low Carbon Lichfield (LoCaL), Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) and Hammerwich Energy Action Team (HEAT).
SSCE has already set up discussions for renewable energy projects, with one of the main ones currently being St Giles Hospice.
Mike Kinghan, chairman of SSCE, said: “Our fossil reserves are running out.
“As a result we face rising prices and the risks of disrupted supplies and, as major sources of carbon dioxide, fossil fuels increase the risk of dangerous climate change.
“We believe that Southern Staffordshire Community Energy can do something about this.”
He added: “We’ve looked at our Co2 savings and we’re looking at about 11.2 tonnes of carbon in the first year and after 25 years we’re looking to be saving at least 250 tonnes.”
A full shareholder launch will take place in January 2012 and will allow people to invest anywhere between £250 to £20,000.
Jon Halles, project manager for Share Energy, said: “The co-operative mainly aims to provide renewable energy at a moderate cost.”
More information can be found on the group’s website.
Click below to listen to Mike Kinghan and Jon Halles talking more about the SSCE project: