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  1. 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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  2. Marshfield School wind turbine is back in business!

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    Marshfield School’s Proven P35-2 wind turbine, funded through PTA and other locally raised contributions as well as grants from EDF and LCBP, was recommissioned in January 2013. The school has already received a quarterly Feed in Tariff payment for energy generated, and is on track again to generate 50% of its annual electricity consumption.

    The wind turbine was commissioned in February 2011. In September that year Proven identified a technical problem and advised that the turbine should be stopped until it could be resolved under warranty. Unfortunately funder  support was withdrawn from Proven and the company went into receivership.

    Whilst the business of selling new turbines was sold to Kingspan, the warranties for existing turbines were not included in the sale.  A Scottish operator, with a large number of Proven turbines, developed a repair for their own machines and eventually gained MCS approval and capacity to offer the repair to other operators.

    The School joined the queue and the turbine was repaired and recommissioned in January 2013.

    The repair cost was generously funded by EDF after some prompting from our MP Steve Webb, and heavy lifting equipment was provided, at no cost, by M.J. Church.

    Story by Tony Kerr
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