We hope that you and your family and friends are staying safe and well during these difficult times. The directors of CCEL held a conference call meeting on Monday, and we wanted to bring you up to date on the items discussed, including the impact of the Coronavirus crisis.
As we are volunteers working mainly from home, and able to use video or audio conferencing where needed, the current situation has had limited impact on our day to day activities. As you may have heard, events such as the Cathedral Sustainability Exhibition have been postponed. There are also implications for some of our activities, which I have outlined below.
The installations at Christleton and Neston have now been commissioned and are generating electricity, and the lifetime total from our 3 sites is now over 150 Megawatt hours . The leisure centres are now closed, however, the amount being generated is currently still less than that being used to keep the buildings and plant in hibernation, so we are still able to sell all of the electricity generated to the Council. We will monitor this closely as generation increases over the summer months. With the good weather March was a bumper month with Northgate generating over 50% more than in March 2019.
LED Lighting Project
We have now completed our first scheme at Guilden Sutton Village Hall, and are planning more work at Guilden Sutton, and at Stanney Grange Community Centre, where the cost will be funded from our community benefit fund, however these will be delayed by the current restrictions. The process of achieving authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority to provide credit for community organisations who do not have the finance up front, and would pay back over 5 years from the savings in energy costs, is still proving difficult and is also causing a delay. We are looking at wider sources of support to assist with this and will let you know how this progresses.
We appreciate that life will be difficult for many of you at present, however we can at least take comfort that the slower pace of life across the world will reduce carbon emissions and pollution, and we can learn lessons from this as we emerge from the crisis. We have also learnt to appreciate the benefits of communities and the simpler essentials of life.
With best wishes for a more sustainable future,
Chester Community Energy