LED Energy Communities project officers Dan Morrison (left) and Amy Kapherr-Diament, with Point and Sandwick Development Trust board member Matt Bruce
The LED Energy Communities project, run by Point and Sandwick Development Trust in conjunction with Tighean Innse Gall, is a finalist in this year’s Climate Challenge Fund awards.
The project, which involves installing energy-saving LED lights in homes in the Point and Sandwick area, as well as further measures to cut household bills and the local carbon footprint, has been shortlisted in the ‘Awards Panel Choice’ category of the prestigious awards.
LED Energy Communities project officer Dan Morrison said: “We are privileged to be shortlisted for this award and the fact that the project has been recognised in this way is testament to the wholehearted engagement by the community.”
Under the project, which began last May, Point and Sandwick residents are eligible for 14 free LED lightbulbs, saving around £100 a year on energy bills.
Residents are also offered energy performance surveys on their property, are assisted through the process of applying for further energy saving measures such as wall insulation and Dan, along with fellow project officer Amy Kapherr-Diament, also provide advice on any benefit entitlements.
“Using LED bulbs has been invaluable in engaging with householders in order to provide bespoke advice and to be able to refer them for insulation measures and to other external agencies,” continued Dan.
“Also, the teamwork between Tighean Innes Gall and Point and Sandwick Trust has been the key to the success of this project.”
Shortlisted in the ‘Award Panel Choice’ category – which highlights ‘a specific element or innovative feature of a project that has made an important contribution to local action on climate change’ – Dan and Amy will be joined by Point and Sandwick board member Matt Bruce to find out if the project has won at the awards ceremony on Wednesday (November 1st) at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.
David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said the LED Energy Communities project was shortlisted in the Awards Panel Choice category “as a good example of partnership working” between TIG and PSDT, and also because it linked in well with Home Energy Scotland and the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme.
He added: “The level of nominations for the awards was of a high standard across the board and we thank those that entered and congratulate all the shortlisted nominees.”
To date, Dan and Amy have visited nearly 200 homes in the Point and Sandwick area as part of the LED Energy Communities project; and as well as free bulbs, they can also help people with future costs as anyone who orders more bulbs with Lighting Electrical in Stornoway through the project can receive a 40 percent discount.
Dan and Amy are also working on helping people to access savings through the Warm Homes Discount project – available to people on certain benefits, including pension credits, to receive £140 cashback on heating bills.
Donald John MacSween, general manager of PSDT, added: “A lot of the project’s success has been down to Amy and Dan, who are knowledgeable, friendly and efficient.
“I’m very pleased that they’ve been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It’s well deserved.
“They have done sterling work since the project started and we have been very pleasantly surprised by the number of people who want to participate in the project – that exceeded our expectations.”