Devon County Council's is praised for going green

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, JULY 22 - DEVON'S pioneering Renewable Energy scheme has been highly praised in its annual review report.

Devon's pioneering Renewable Energy scheme has been highly praised in its annual review report.

The 2008 Annual Survey of Renewable Energy in the South West (RE4D) published this week a report stating: "The increase in micro renewable installations is particularly noticeable in Devon and Cornwall, where local agencies Renewable Energy for Devon and Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership (CSEP) have run support programmes that appear to be making a real impact."

RE4D is a project run by Devon County Council (DCC) as part of its drive to persuade people, businesses and communities in Devon to adopt a more environmentally friendly approach and reduce their impact on climate change.

Renewable energy is energy obtained from sources that are essentially inexhaustible, unlike, for example, the fossil fuels, of which there is a finite supply.

Renewable sources of energy include wood, waste, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, and solar thermal energy.

The £1.1m project is providing free, impartial advice to those interested in renewable energy, with additional grants, feasibility studies and assistance available to small companies and community organisations in most of Devon.

RE4D expert advisors support businesses, community organisations, schools, households and the public sector.

During 2007 to 2008, RE4D gave grants to more than 40 businesses and communities and provided support to a total of 109 schemes.

Councillor Margaret Rogers, Executive Member for Environment for DCC, said: "This is a real achievement, not just for the businesses involved but the communities that they support.

"It shows that using renewable energy is both practical and commercially viable.

"Now we want to encourage more organisations to take advantage and consider how they can be more sustainable in their energy use."

The RE4D project has been extended to the end of this year so it can continue providing advice across most of Devon to businesses, communities, householders, schools and the public sector.

For more information visit www.re4d.org

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