Tag Archive: Technology

  1. Government’s Solar Strategy turns roofs into power stations

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    Plans to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker today.

    The Solar Strategy, the first of its kind in the UK, sets out the Governments ambition to see solar rolled out more widely and with it the potential to support tens of thousands of jobs.

    Launching the Solar Strategy at SunSolar Energy in Birmingham, Energy Minister Greg Barker said:

    “We have put ourselves among the world leaders on solar and this ambitious Strategy will place us right at the cutting edge.

    “There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations and we must seize the opportunity this offers to boost our economy as part of our long term economic plan.

    “Solar not only benefits the environment, it will see British job creation and deliver the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.”

    In a further initiative, the Department for Education is working on ways to improve energy efficiency across the 22,000 schools in England, to reduce their annual energy spend of £500 million. The initiative will encourage the deployment of PV on schools alongside promoting energy efficiency.

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  2. Western Power Distribution Community Chest – funding still up for grabs

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    It’s not too late to apply for a grant to improve the efficiency of your community building. Community facilities across WPD’s region are invited to apply for up to £1,000 to spend on energy saving improvements like insulation, heating and lighting.

    The WPD Community Chest is a £50,000 grant scheme, funded by Western Power Distribution and administered by CSE, which is now open for the third time.

    The scheme aims to help local groups make energy saving improvements to village halls, scout huts and other similar community buildings. Groups in WPD’s area of the Midlands, South Wales and the South West can apply for up to £1,000 each.

    In 2012, the Community Chest helped 66 local groups to carry out simple but effective energy efficiency improvements, making their community buildings greener and cheaper to run.

     

    Find out more at www.cse.org.uk/wpdcc.

     

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  3. Energising Communities – Programme

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    Here is the programme for the day:

    10.30am Registration and coffee
    11.00-11.15 Introduction by Mark Letcher, Climate Works
    Welcome address by Karen Wilkinson, Marshfield Energy Project
    Community Energy in context, Tim Willmott, Marshfield Energy Project
    11.15-11.35 What’s driving community energy? Merlin Hyman, Chief Executive, Regen SW
    Implications and opportunities for local communities. Karen Wilkinson, Marshfield Energy Project
    11.35-12.05 Energising our community. Tony Kerr, Marshfield Energy Project
    12.05-12.20pm Break – tea/coffee
    12.20-12.50 Questions & Answers to speakers
    12.50-1.50 Lunch
    1.50-2.20 Community Energy – how we approached this.
    Philip Wolfe – West Mills Solar
    Peter Capener – Bath & West Community Energy
    Jane Brady – TRESOC (Totnes Renewable Energy Society)
    2.20-2.45 Panel discussion
    2.45-3.00 Tea/coffee
    3.00-3.30 Rt Hon Vince Cable
    3.30-3.35 Thanks and close

     

    Download the programme here: Energising Communities Programme

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  4. Potential Energy – Potential Jobs: building a low carbon economy in south west England

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    A new report by Regen SW, the renewable energy experts, reveals we are at risk of missing out on the opportunity to create 24,000 new jobs in renewable energy by 2020.

    The report “Potential Energy – Potential Jobs: building a low carbon economy in south west England” analyses progress in renewable energy technologies like wind, solar, marine and biomass. It shows we have made good progress doubling renewable energy, but that on current trends the south west will achieve about 9 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020 – well short of the government’s UK wide target for 15 per cent.

    At this rate of growth the number of people employed in renewables will grow from the 10,000 people currently employed to some 15,500 by 2020. However, if growth accelerates to meet the 15 per cent target we could reach 34,000 renewable energy jobs by 2020.

    The report sets out six key measures for success:

    1. Clear, consistent and certain national policy framework for renewable energy
    2. Local planning policies that back renewable energy
    3. Investment in the local electricity grid to cope with decentralised energy
    4. Improved engagement between local communities and renewable energy developers
    5. LEP & local authorities putting renewable energy at the top of the growth agenda for infrastructure and skills investment
    6. Industry and academia collaboration on new technologies.

    Regen SW is now working on a ‘South West Renewable Energy Manifesto’ to respond to the findings and will be inviting local MPs, public sector and business leaders to sign up later in the year.

    press release by RegenSW
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  5. tresoc – Totnes Renewable Energy Society

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    TRESOC was set up by a group of  residents from Totnes and environs who were concerned about the threats of depleting global oil and gas supplies (peak oil) and the impacts of climate change.

    The current Board of Directors represents a positive complement of skills, local knowledge, experience, passion and commitment. They include people with skills that include management, finance, business law, marketing and communications.

    Their projects include wind, solar photovoltaic, anaerobic digestion and tidal power.

    It hasn’t been all plain sailing: their flagship project – for a two wind turbines – was rejected by council planners. Sixteen voted in favour of refusing the scheme, three were in favour and four abstained in the meeting at South Hams District Council.

    TRESOC’s aims are:

    • To develop the profitable supply of energy from renewable resources for the benefit of the community resident within Totnes and 15 surrounding Parishes
    • To ensure the democratic control of the renewable energy resources by the local community through the establishment of an extensive membership of the Society
    • To ensure that the maximum value from development of these resources shall be retained within the local economy.
    • To provide an opportunity for public-spirited people and organisations to contribute financially to the community with the expectation of a social dividend as well as a financial return

     

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