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Support for rural communities – low carbon energy planning

Earlier this year CLASP worked with the Lake District National Park and Cumbria Action for Sustainability to develop resources (both physical and electronic) for use when supporting rural communities with low-carbon energy planning. As a pilot, this project provided three communities in the National Park with the assistance they needed to help them take ownership of their own energy futures.  It provided much needed structured advice and support to overcome the barriers that are stopping activity, enabling community groups to progress from initial ideas, and towards having a clear plan for action, including sourcing for funding to get projects on the ground. To find out more about this project, visit http://claspinfo.org/rural-low-carbon-futures On the project page you can download presentation packs, leaflets, and a How-To-Guide to running workshops.  You can also find the outputs from the work with Staveley, Martindale and Pooley-Bridge. You can now book (free for not-for profit use) the 3D rural valley model that was developed to be used as a focal-point of the workshops.  This stunning, detailed model shows a typical valley scene with a wide range of renewable energy and low-carbon technologies.

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