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Lichfield and Burntwood group scoops regional energy award

A local energy company is celebrating after scooping another award.

Southern Staffordshire Community Energy (SSCE), which promotes the development of renewable energy in Lichfield and Burntwood, won the prize for the best energy efficient community project by the Midlands Environmental Business Company.

Kate Sadler (SSCE), Chris Hall (Carillion Energy Services) and Mike Kinghan (SSCE)

Kate Sadler (SSCE), Chris Hall (Carillion Energy Services) and Mike Kinghan (SSCE)

The group, which was established in 2011, gives free advice to householders who want to reduce their energy costs and help with finding reliable installers for measures like insulation, solar photovoltaic and thermal systems, heat pumps and low energy lighting. They have already helped 300 households in the region.

Project Manager for SSCE, Kate Sadler, said: “We were absolutely thrilled and honoured to get this award.

“We feel we’ve achieved a huge amount since we started out just over two years ago and it was great to have this recognised in the leading regional environmental awards ceremony.

“Community energy is a concept whose time has come and SSCE is leading the way in this part of Staffordshire with several exciting new initiatives in the pipeline.”

The organisation has recently launched a ‘Retrofit Lichfield’ initiative offering a free home energy audit along with information on opportunities for funding improvements.

There is also a grant scheme to help community organisations in Lichfield District reduce energy costs in their buildings by offering up to £2,000 to carry out work aimed at improving energy efficiency or to pay for an audit of their building to help identify improvements.

Householders interested in a free energy audit can contact Kate on 07565 963282, while community organisations interested in applying for the grant scheme can download an application form at www.ssce.co.uk.

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