Claudy Rural Development in Quest to win with Power NI

Friday, February 14, 2014

Power NI's Wilma Stewart and Dr Damien O'Kane with participants. Local community group Claudy Rural Development have become the first of six groups to reach the fifth stage of Power NI’s ’Quest’ competition to become an energy saving champion.

Power NI's Wilma Stewart and Dr Damien O'Kane with participants.

Local community group Claudy Rural Development have become the first of six groups to reach the fifth stage of Power NI’s ’Quest’ competition to become an energy saving champion.

'Quest'  is giving six community and voluntary groups from across Northern Ireland the opportunity to be the first to complete the ten energy saving steps competition and win £10,000 to invest in renewable technologies for their community.

Competing with Claudy for the £10,000 prize are five other group finalists, Castlewellan Futures, Cloughmills Community Action Team, Claudy Rural Development, Focus on Family (Coleraine), Lakeland Community Care (Fermanagh) and Newcastle Yacht Club.

Claudy Rural Development group completed the fourth stage after hosting Power NI’s bespoke energy training workshop, which educated key members of the group on increasing energy awareness and how this information can help other homeowners in the wider community become more energy efficient. 

To date the group have taken steps to provide free loft and cavity wall insulation for 20 homes in the area as well as providing free energy reports through Power NI’s online home energy check.

They will also have the opportunity to provide funding to local businesses in the next stages of the project to improve their energy efficiency.. As the first group to reach the fifth stage of Quest, group representative Damian O`Kane said,

“The Quest energy efficiency course has provided a lasting legacy to the greater Claudy area residents and will help them save money not only now but into the future”.

Power NI’s Wilma Stewart added “Members of the Claudy Rural Development who attended the energy efficiency workshop are now really eager to pass on the knowledge they have learned to the wider community.

Through this stage of Quest they can educate and empower local residents to become more energy aware.” Claudy will now set  their sights set on completing the fifth stage of Quest, working alongside Power NI to encourage householders to have their boilers serviced. Through Quest, 30 community members can take advantage of a discounted Power NI boiler service which will improve the efficiency of their boilers and help reduce their bills.