Ryedale project amongst winners at the Sustainability Leaders Awards
A Ryedale fuel poverty alleviation project has won the Energy Management Project of the Year award at the largest celebration of sustainability in the country.
The winning North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund provided funding for vulnerable householders to improve their heating systems.
Community Interest Company YES Energy Solutions managed the project on behalf of a consortium of councils across North Yorkshire, including Ryedale District Council, and collected the award on the night.
A total of 19 citizens across Ryedale have been helped by the scheme, with each receiving fully funded A-rated central heating in addition to insulation in some cases.
The evening celebrated a wide range of companies from across the sustainability sector with Springwatch’s Chris Packham giving out the trophies.
The North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund project was up against initiatives by the likes of Aviva and UK Power Networks.
Derek Greenbank from Pickering took part in the scheme and explained: "We had nothing, we only had a fire in the living room. I couldn’t believe we could have it done for free and neither did my wife.
"The boiler’s been brilliant this winter, it’s made a huge difference and the install was great.”
Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Place and Resources at Ryedale District Council, said: “Our aim with this scheme was to help our fuel poor residents reduce their energy bills and whilst staying warm and reducing their carbon footprint.
“The recognition it has received celebrates the impact the funding has had for our citizens.”
CEO of YES Energy Solutions, Duncan McCombie said: “For this project to be confirmed as a leader is a wonderful achievement and a credit to all those who worked on the scheme.
“All partners came together in this project which highlights how important collaboration is when helping people in fuel poverty.”
Ryedale citizens can contact YES Energy Solutions to check if they could be eligible for funding towards energy efficiency upgrades on 0330 053 5631.
Find out more about energy efficiency grants and support offered by the Council here.