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Dan mc callum, awel aman tawe, brass and tsrc april 2013



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  • The area is on the cusp of 3 local authorities in the SW Valleys The area consists of 14 villages clustered around a mountain Upper Amman and Swansea Valley areas Up until 1980s this area boasted a high level of employment and broad range of facilities Coal mining has been the major employer over the last 150 years giving rise to thriving communities
  • However according to the Assembly’s deprivation index the area has recently been assessed as being one of the most deprived in Wales Current farming crisis Demise of the coal industry Recent factory closures Left communities vulnerable to poverty


  • 1. TSRC presentationDan McCallumProject Manager, Awel AmanTawe and
  • 2. AAT office
  • 3. European Funding
  • 4. Different social enterprise models- charity/trading subsidiary- cooperative- joint venture with commercialdeveloper- Royalty Investment Stake
  • 5. Local Views
  • 6. ConsultationAAT took over300 people to seewind farmsOther consultation exercises used :6 Public meetings50 semi-structured interviews10 Focus group discussions with groupsand individuals4 Open Days
  • 7. Mynydd y Gwrhyd
  • 8. Supporters at Planning Committee
  • 9. Ysgol Gwaun Cae Gurwen School10kW Photovoltaic array10kW Photovoltaic array
  • 10. Photovoltaic paneland wind turbinepower wheelchair
  • 11. Community EnergySolar HotWaterPanels,CwmllynfellWelfare Hall
  • 12. EduCan
  • 13. Learning / AwarenessActivities forschool childrenClimate ChangeTheatre andPoetry(funded by EnvWales)
  • 14. Broader Movement Ynni’r Fro Community Energy Climate and Communities Action Alliance (CCAA) Community Energy Online Community Energy Scotland
  • 15. FinanceVolunteer commitmentGrant financeConsultancySurvey feesDebt
  • 16. Current work Geotechnical investigations Getting bankable wind report Legal advice from lawyers on Turbine Supply,Grid Connection and Power PurchaseAgreements. Due Diligence with Coop and Egni, trying to get money for start up ...