I am Iain Padwick and I run Greenfeet Energy Assessments in Penarth. I have been involved voluntarily with Rounded Developments Enterprises for the past decade. At Greenfeet our aim is to provide both domestic and non domestic EPC requirements and we are passionate about the quality of the service that we provide. We utilise the co-operation between RDE and Greenfeet to enable Renew Wales groups to access the official EPC system. We generally create Energy Performance Ratings for groups for them to have up to date official information and guidance for their community building. We do recognise however that EPC are blunt instruments, so our partnership with RDE is really key. Peter Draper interprets the data and recommendations and risk assesses them before finalising the report. If groups do require the EPC to be officially lodged then this can be arranged. I got involved with Renew Wales as Peter asked me to help out with a couple of community groups as they couldn’t afford to undertake the EPCs that were required for the Feed in Tariff scheme.
Tell us about an experience of work with Renew…
We worked closely with Dan McCallum at Egni to get the EPC’s lodged for community centres that we interested in hosting PV arrays on their buildings. This was a requirement of the Feed in Tariff to ensure that the buildings were suitable. The outcome was to be the community share issue by Egni that resulted in the community ventures having cheaper energy bills.
Cathays community centre required an EPC for it to be able to claim Feed in Tariff for its PV system. We carried out the EPC work for them and this again was instrumental in the community centre receiving the FiT and hence being able to install the renewable energy system and benefit from it.