Community Energy Pilot scheme

Convergence Support

This project is included as a short term priority within the latest Camborne, Pool & Redruth Regeneration (CPR) Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) Delivery Plan. The application is for the third phase of a four phase process.

Following a competitive tendering process in 2008, SWRDA along with its primary partners CPRR (Camborne, Pool & Redruth Regeneration Company) and CSEP (Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership) engaged EDF Energy to investigate the potential for developing an exemplar community-based sustainable energy heat and power supply pilot project in Pool. 

Subsequently EDFE has now produced two reports: 

Phase 1:  Technical Solution, Financial Validation and Company Structure.

Phase 2: Procurement Process. 

From these, and two other previous reports the partnership have agreed that progression to Phase 3 of the project is justified, phase 3 will include the following outcomes :

  • The development of the design of a bio oil fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) plant with associated heat main so that 85% design and construction cost certainty is reached.
  • The development of an Energy Services Company (ESCO) structure and legal documentation with expert legal advice to establish heads of terms for all required agreements.
  • Completion of a feasibility study that provides necessary detail for the application of ERDF/CC funds for the construction and management phase.
  • Identifying the detailed areas requiring capital and revenue funding.
  • Securing funding support and confirmation from partners.

Located on the Tolvaddon Energy Park, Phase 4 (Capital build) will consist of an Energy Centre that will generate both electricity, which will be exported to the National Grid, and provide heat that will be distributed through a district network to local end users.