Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Ltd is a specialist wind turbine supplier and installer serving farmers, businesses and communities. In August 2010 the company installed the first Endurance Wind Power 50kW wind turbine in Cornwall. Two of the company’s installers have attained “Endurance Wind Power E-Series Installation Supervisor” status and the company offers a full ‘from concept’ to ‘commissioning’ and maintenance service. It was involved in the Gorran Community wind project in Cornwall and has a number of ‘joint venture’ schemes with farmers across the South West. In March 2011 Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited launched TOPAZ – its Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer allowing turbine owners to see the output of their wind turbine at any time.
Capture Energy have been installing wind turbines since 2007. In total they have been responsible for delivering through planning and installation services over 5MW of renewable energy capacity (as of July 2013) for their customers. They provide a complete service relating to wind turbines, from screening, through to planning and installation as well as on-going maintenance and servicing. People’s financial situations are different and they offer two options; buy your own, or rent your land. These options are offered across the full range of turbines. From initial contact they offer expert advice on wind turbines. They advise on the best possible turbine to meet your needs, as well as being feasible to develop. Their specialist wind turbine planning team is a key part of their service to customers. Their installation teams provide an affordable, high quality installation, maintenance and repair service throughout the UK. A number of other national wind turbine installers also subcontract turbine installations to Capture.
Undergraduate course leads to professionally accredited vocational training with extensive field work and an industrial placement, offered over 3 or 4 years. Postgraduate research opportunities enhanced by expert academic supervision and excellent field and laboratory research facilities. Their research expertise spans energy policy, marine renewables, bio-fuels, electrical power and networks, wind, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies. Their academics are committed to working with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure a better informed and more inclusive approach to sustainable energy solutions.
Community Energy Plus is an award-winning social enterprise that provides complete energy answers to help householders in Cornwall enjoy warmer, energy efficient homes as part of a more sustainable future. Since 1997 they have worked in partnership with a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations to support a variety of innovative projects relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy including community ownership models. For local and free independent advice on energy efficiency to help you save money and enjoy a warmer, healthier home, as well as access to grants for insulation and heating and information on renewable technologies, visit their website or call the Freephone advice line in Cornwall on 0800 954 1956.
Community Power Cornwall has evolved through community led demand for the ownership and integration of renewable energy technologies into everyday lives and settings. They hope to enable local communities to collectively tackle the threats of climate change, energy security and uncontrollable fuel cost rises by generating clean, renewable energy locally involving the whole community in understanding and operations. Community ownership offers the opportunity to create a diverse, sustainable and secure energy supply infrastructure, under control of the community and with profits returned to the local economy. Community Power Cornwall provides an economic model through which Cornish communities can own and benefit from the development of renewable energy initiatives. They are developing a portfolio of renewable energy projects utilising wind, biomass, hydro and solar power. They will develop and operate small to medium scale community owned renewable energy installations with an initial focus on wind turbines generating electricity for sale via the national grid.
They specialise in all aspects of granite work; from hedging to openings in listed buildings, new build in lime to existing structures, scantle roofing and wet laid alternative slate roofs, lime rendering and plastering, lime pointing with a wide variety of colours and finishes, lime grouting which stabilizes old washed out /rat run structures and more. They also use modern materials and techniques and are up to date with the building regulations.
The Cornish Lime Company is the region's leading building conservation merchant. They manufacture lime putty made from limestone sourced from Derbyshire, France and Portugal and use this putty to make their lime mortars, renders and plasters. They also sell natural hydraulic lime and associated products along with Prompt Roman Cement which is fast setting and totally natural. They also supply a wide range of breathable paints for both interiors and exteriors including mineral paints, lime washes and lime paints and also natural paints. These paints are suitable for period and new homes. Cornish Lime stock possibly the largest selection of coloured sands and decorative chippings in the South West which can be shipped in either tonne or 25kg bags. Cornish Lime offer a holistic approach to all requirements and recognises that "one size doesn't fit all". The phone number is 01208 79779.
Cornwall Council recognises that long-term empty residential property is a wasted resource that can and should be used to assist in meeting the high levels of identified housing need in the county, particularly for those on low incomes. Empty properties can be reported and the Agency collates the information. The Council can offer advice on a variety of matters and where applicable, signpost empty property owners to other agencies.
CSBT is a charity which was established in 2002. We have been working towards our vision by delivering training, developing the green building sector and supporting the supply chain. We are recognised as leading the sector in Cornwall and have partnered with organisations including Cornwall College, Cornwall Council and the Eden Project. Since 2013 we have led two EU-funded Interreg projects, extending our influence both nationally and internationally. 2015 has been the start of a new era for CSBT, with the completion of our own base at the Eden Project; the Green Build Hub. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, this is the culmination of a decade’s work which will enable us to deliver training for all, cutting edge services to business and a unique experience to the visiting public.
Cornwall Together Limited is a subsidiary of Eden Project Limited. Cornwall Together, Energyshare and uSwitch are working together to deliver this project which is free for consumers to use. They are an organisation with a social purpose, but will look to cover costs by charging a fee to the winning supplier. They will re-invest 10% of the money into a fund to help alleviate fuel poverty in Cornwall and will seek match-funding for that sum. You register with them giving a few details about your current energy usage. When they have enough people on board, they'll negotiate a special deal with electricity and gas suppliers. Heating oil will follow a slightly different process. They’ll then come back to you with two options for a better energy deal, including one which is likely to be cheaper and one which is likely to be from energy from a more sustainable source. It is hoped that group buying this way will help many people cut their energy bills.
Since 1989 Diggers & Dreamers has been the "public face" of communal living in Britain. Its online directory now lists groups who live in benders in the woods; in monasteries; in big old country houses; and in newbuild low energy developments. The south west is fairly well represented in the online directory and there are a handful of places in Cornwall ... but sadly none, as yet, in Penwith. A major part of communal living has always been the opportunity it provides to live on less with less and to do so in a context that can be much friendlier than living in a little box on a housing estate. Diggers & Dreamers latest printed publication focuses on the theme of cohousing and is intended to be an inspirational guide.
Ebico's strongest feature is that it's the only not-for-profit energy supplier in the UK. Renewable energy production is not a core part of their offering but they have an interesting tariff called Equiclimate. It is an innovative, carbon offsetting service for customers who want to redress the effects on the environment of their own energy use. EquiClimate is unique in using the new Europe-wide market in CO2 allowances to offset the emissions from customers’ homes.
All the green electricity in Ecotricity's "New Energy" tariff comes from their own windmills but is topped up with ‘brown’ electricity which they buy from the wholesale market. Customers on the "New Energy Plus" tariff have their top-up from another producer's green electricity making it a 100% renewable supply. Ecotricity's main selling point is that - by percentage of turnover - they are the biggest investor in new renewable productive capacity within the UK.
Geothermal Engineering has brought geothermal specialists together with industry partners to develop the first large-scale deep geothermal power plant in the UK at United Downs near Redruth. The project will involve: drilling and testing the deepest on shore wells in the UK (each of the three wells required for the project will be 4.5km deep); the development of a 10MW electric, 55MW thermal geothermal power plant; and the development of a geothermal centre of excellence in conjunction with Exeter University. The project has planning permission to proceed and drilling should start on the site in late 2012. When the United Downs power plant is operational, Geothermal Engineering hope to roll out similar projects across the South West to produce both electricity and renewable heat. The total target production will be 300 MW of electricity and 1GW of renewable heat across all sites within a 25 year timeframe.
Good Energy is the UK’s only 100% renewable electricity supplier. That means that they guarantee to supply exactly the amount of electricity that their customers consume either from their own renewable energy production or else from bought-in renewable energy supplies. Of all the electricity suppliers they are probably the keenest on customers reducing their demand and very much encourage micro-generation. ‘Green gas’ (or biomethane) is still some years away from being economically viable, so Good Energy have developed a product to work in conjunction with their gas tariff which will encourage the growth of renewable heat generation in the UK. If you're considering using Good Energy then click here and Transition Penwith will benefit financially in a small way.
Green Trust provides the finance and professional resources required to deliver wind and solar projects from feasibility to operation, and turn a community’s visions into reality. Green Trust is managed by experienced renewable energy professionals and supported by experienced suppliers. They will only progress a project that the majority (at least 55%) of the local community supports. Green Trust delivers wind and solar projects that work for the local community through: community profit; community ownership; affordable green electricity supply for local households and businesses; lease income for landowners that is competitive with commercial developers. Green Trust’s community interest company (CIC) legal structure and objectives mean the profit made by each project must go to the local community. Contact Jake Burnyeat, Managing Director, for more information.
Greenthinking is an independent and ethical business providing wind turbines and environmental advice for homes, businesses, farms, local authorities, architects, schools and colleges. They have specialised experience in all aspects of wind turbines (5 kW - 500 kW) and can provide a full service including site survey, planning, MCS installation and servicing of your wind turbine. They are based in Devon but have an office in Cornwall.
The Hotpod "exothermic oxidizing reactor" is a unique, limited edition multifuel stove, handbuilt by local Cornish/ St Ives artist/ blacksmith Daniel Harding. Built from recycled gas cylinders and old VW's they are an exercise in function and form. Hotpod contemporary retro multifuel stove, woodburning stove, stoves and firetools, fire tongs as seen on BBC tv programme "Pay off your mortgage in 2 years". Contact Dan Harding.
ICS is a family run plumbing and heating company covering all areas of Cornwall. Their business is focused primarily on sustainable energy products but they also offer traditional plumbing and heating services. They are committed to working with the key manufacturers and sourcing the best products on the market. They strive to provide their customers both commercially viable and environmentally friendly solutions. They were the first company in the South West to have been accredited as a Mitsubishi “AEI”, Approved Ecodan Installer. Ecodan is an Air Source Heat Pump using the latest technology to provide an advanced heating and hot water system. IcS is not tied to any manufacturer and is therefore able to offer customers completely independent advice.
Specialist Suppliers, System Designers and Installers of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Systems. We supply Solar PV Slates, Solar PV Panels and Free Standing Solar PV Systems. We work with homeowners, small businesses, trade clients and solar manufacturers to supply, design and install Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Systems. We work with clients in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.
Independent Energy was launched in 2003. They are a small company with a wealth of expertise and experience, operating mainly in Cornwall with very limited overheads. They are not tied to any particular product manufacturer and can give honest and independent advice about all available products. Their aim is to provide a personal and professional service. Matthew Trewhella - one of the directors is also helping train the next generation of renewable energy experts through one-day courses at the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trustand the Renewable Energy degree course at Falmouth.
Jacobs Joinery provides local properties with locally manufactured bespoke joinery using, preferably, locally sourced material in the most environmentally friendly way - using renewably generated electricity and non-toxic or eco-friendly materials.
Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust's vision is to provide good quality affordable housing and associated facilities, and resources such as workshops and community agriculture, which meet the needs of local people and at prices which they can afford in perpetuity. They aim to sustain a vibrant and diverse community, which is either within or surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Their principal town is St Just-in-Penwith but their area of operation includes all the nearby villages of St Levan, St Buryan, Sennen and Sancreed.
Muddy Mortars specialise in ecological and traditional building techniques such as lime and clay plastering, newbuild cob, cob repairs, and straw bale construction. They also offer lime pointing, earthen floors and cob ovens, and will run courses on request. They believe that the use of a breathable finish such as lime is essential in maintaining the health of an old building.
Nuon Renewables is a renewable energy developer, working across the UK to develop truly sustainable energy projects that deliver social, economic and environmental value. Their core business is focussed on wind energy ... they have around 800MW of potential renewable generation in the pipeline or already operational. Their priority is to deliver wind energy projects that support UK policy objectives of diversifying energy supplies to tackle the challenges of climate change and energy security within a sustainable development framework.
Open Briefing is the world’s first civil society intelligence agency; an accessible platform for insight and analysis on key defence, security and foreign policy issues. They provide open source intelligence assessments and independent security briefings, so that a better informed civil society can properly engage with peace and security debates. Resource Security and Climate Change are a major area of interest for Open Briefing. And it all comes out of Penwith!
Optimal Construction has been operating since 1997. They provide general contracting and design and build services to private clients, architects and the public sector. As a Community Interest Company they now specialise in environmentally beneficial buildings using sustainable materials and methods of fabrication. They also build and advise on sustainable practices for buildings and recreation areas used by the community for the advancement of education. They have a wealth of traditional skills garnered over the last 30 years and are happy to share them before they are forgotten. As general contractors, Optimal is responsible for planning and scheduling the manpower, equipment, materials and subcontractors required for the timely completion of a construction project. They retain a Consulting Engineers practice for use on design and build projects. They also have an in house Architectural Technician. Optimal have made a level one pledge to Future Foundations, the Charter for Sustainable Construction in the South West.
Plug Into The Sun are a fully accredited renewable energy installation company based in West Cornwall working throughout all of Cornwall and Devon. They provide a professional service covering advice, quotes, design installation and commissioning of Solar PV installations. They work with individuals, householders, community groups, schools, business, Housing Associations and Local Authorities. Plug Into The Sun were established in 2005 and since that time have become the leading installer in the South West region.
R-ECO, the Renewable Energy Co-operative, is the UK's only employee-owned installer of solar PV systems. They have installed systems on commercial buildings from factories to theatres and work with clients on projects ranging from 10 to 100kW. They actively seek out opportunities to help communities come together to address the issue of fuel poverty and create a better future.
The REOC vision for Cornwall is: "To become an internationally recognised centre of excellence for a wide range of renewable energy technologies and to develop these so as to meet a high proportion of the county's energy needs." It aims to develop a cluster of renewable energy technologies. It will help co-ordinate development, provide information on possible sources of funding and lobby, when necessary. REOC will also provide emerging renewable energy companies with a useful forum for exchange of information and the potential for joint partnerships where two or more different technologies might produce a better business solution than one - for example wave and tidal stream working together, or anaerobic digestion sharing a hook up to the grid with an onshore wind farm and energy crop gasification plant. In time, it is hoped that the REOC forum will become Cornwall's renewable energy centre of excellence, providing an initial point of contact for inward investment in renewable energy and general renewable energy enquires.
A great recycling and re-use asset to Penwith over many years. This source of architectural salvage, reclaimed timber, flooring, doors, furniture made from reclaimed wood, dressers, fireplaces and tables is under threat at the time of writing.
Solarcentury is the UK’s leading solar energy company, providing solar technology for buildings. Solarcentury's purpose is to make a big difference in the fight against climate change by reducing CO2 emissions through the application of solar energy. Founded by Executive Chairman Jeremy Leggett in 1998, Solarcentury is based in London, with operations in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has installed solar on more homes in the UK than anyone else; in total over 2000 solar systems, including those on the Eden Project, Vauxhall Cross Bus Terminal and Europe’s largest vertical solar facade on the CIS Tower, Manchester.
Source Energy have been designing and installing ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps in the south west for around a decade. Their installation teams have many years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry and they have successfully installed over 250 ground source heat pump and air source heat pump systems across the Cornwall, Devon and Somerset area.
Southwest Solar Solutions specialise in off grid/stand alone renewable energy sytems for remote properties where the national grid is prohibitive or non-feasible. They focus on guiding you through the benefits of off grid/stand alone power solutions and the use of solar energy as a realistic alternative to conventional power. If you're planning a green build where 100% green energy is needed they can help. They can provide clean, reliable solar power on site for your project, from a new build to any outdoor event.
Stove Shop Renewables is an installer for bespoke renewable energy solutions. With in house, accredited installers, Stove Shop Renewables offer a range of technologies - rainwater harvesting systems, solar thermal, photovoltaic and biomass. They have over 30 years of experience designing bespoke heating systems and are now providing a dedicated installation service that can project manage renewable energy installation from start to finish.
Studiowest Architects is a new practice which continues the works and projects of Arcostudios, Penzance. They specialise in environmentally sustainable architecture and aim to provide the highest quality of design solutions for all types of project, and clients. All of their projects are undertaken with respect for the historical and physical context with a belief that consultation and participation by the users forms an essential part of an effective design process. They have a continually developing focus on energy conservation and sustainability. All of their designs have an ecological bias and the focus of the construction is on craftsmanship, natural materials and energy efficiency.
Switch2Sun is owned by Davey & Gilbert Ltd - an established firm of Penzance electrical engineers with the experience, knowledge and expertise. They specialise in home installations of solar photovoltaic panels, a technology that harnesses the sun’s energy and converts it into electricity and income while cutting energy bills. Their installations benefit from a full after-sale service and extensive warranty. They take pride in their installations and will always be on hand to remedy any issues.
The Co-operative is a wide-ranging business owned by its customers. It has only entered the energy market in 2011 having looked at energy for some time, believing that the public have been poorly served. The Co-operative's members guide them on how the organisation should behave as an ethical business, a responsible citizen and a committed campaigner. They support renewable energy and are planning to ensure that, by April 2012, the carbon content of their electricity is less than half the national average. They avoid coal but they do support nuclear power, thinking that a multi-pronged approach is needed if the UK is to meet its climate change targets in the medium term.
Trenoweth Roofing and Reclamation Services is a small family business which is based just outside Penzance. In addition to offering various roofing services Trenoweth Reclamation sources various reclaimed roofing materials as well as other special items such as chimney pots, clay finials and cast iron sky lights.
Cohousing is a form of intentional community where individuals and families have their own self-contained living accommodation but also have access to many shared facilities as well. It was pioneered in Denmark and the USA more than 20 years ago but is only just getting established in Britain. The UK Cohousing Network is the focus of the movement within this country.
The Wave Hub allows developers of wave energy devices to test new wave energy technology. It is a grid-connected offshore facility near Hayle for the large scale testing of technologies that generate electricity from the power of the waves. It leases space to wave energy device developers and exists to support the development of marine renewable energy around the world.
WCCR is a new social enterprise that aims to develop local community owned assets (particularly those that generate renewable energy) and so support the community move towards becoming self-sufficient in renewable energy. Its social business model will put ownership in the hands of the community rather than private investors and thus serve broader local interests.
YouGen helps you find and compare renewable energy installers, suppliers and information. They can make it easy for you to improve the energy efficiency of your home, find renewable energy information, installers, suppliers and technology, and buy with confidence. Use their site to: Find out the truth about renewable energy from an independent source; read tips from their energy experts; ask a question and learn from other people’s comments; help others by sharing your experience of renewable energy or recommending your supplier; and find people who have already installed the technology you’re interested in or find a local supplier to install it for you. Their phone line operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.