Community-Owned Renewable Events Come to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

FREE Low Carbon Planning Events
Friday 7th October 2011: Bowbridge Primary School, Newark
Saturday 8th October 2011: County Hall, Matlock

Both events: 9.30am to 5.30pm (registration from 9am)
Places are limited and pre-booking is essential by contacting:


If you are interested in comunity-owned renewables then this event is for you!


This  free one-day workshop is for community group members, individuals, councillors who are portfollio holders for planning and/or environment and local authority planners.


It will help you to engage with local planning and low-carbon development – and to understand how you can generate local energy.

The events will feature the PlanLoCaL model, a large-scale model of a town demonstrating how renewable energy technologies work, and the PlanLoCaL films, which include case studies and information on how to set up community-owned renewable energy projects. There will be a local keynote speaker at each event to provide a local context. All community groups represented will receive a comprehensive PlanLoCal pack.
Sessions will focus on how communities can get involved in local plan making, different kinds of renewable energy technologies, climate change adaptation, community engagement, and funding issues. All community groups represented will receive a comprehensive handout pack, including DVDs.
Contact to book.
Funded by Groundwork East Midlands, these workshops are run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy in association with Marches Energy Agency.


Carbon Footprinting at Stoney Middleton

 Stoney Middleton’s SMILE Village Day was the setting for a Carbon Footprinting Stall on 11th June.
Villagers in the Peak District village had the chance to find out what impact their lifestyle was having on the environment and how they could improve it. There was a lot of interest in domestic renewables and low energy lightbulbs.
At the end of the day the person with the smallest footprint – Phyllis (pictured with SMILE Secretary Chris Tsielepi) – received a locally made pork pie, whilst the person with the biggest– Ian (also pictured) – received a TV powerdown to help begin shrinking his footprint.
The average footprint of all those surveyed was 10.8 tonnes, compared with a UK average of 9.8 tonnes.
Anyone can use MEA’s online We Save tool to help monitor and reduce their carbon footprint:

Fantastic Home Helps Newton Solney Launch Low Carbon Project

Newton Solney in South Derbyshire launched its Low Carbon Communities project with a visit from the Fantastic Home trailer. Staff were on hand to offer advice on energy efficiency and found that there was a great deal of interest in domestic renewables and tariff switching. Kris McGowan of Marches Energy Agency said:
‘About a third of the people that visited either had renewables already or were very positively interested. We also helped a number of people to assess and consider altering their electricity tariff as they were unnecessarily on Economy 7 which will in fact be costing them more.’
Visitors to the exhibition were also able to take away free items
which will help them save money. The lifetime savings from these items will be:
£££                  £13,622
Water              356,025 litres
CO2                 20,239.6 kgCO2

Villagers Save on Their Energy Bills

Members of a Nottinghamshire-based environmental group have recently completed a Low Carbon Communities project which will save villagers money on their energy bill and lower their carbon dioxide emissions at the same time. Members of the community group Greening Kinoulton have spent five months working in partnership with Midlands-based environmental charity Marches Energy Agency (MEA) to offer projects including volunteer training to those who would like to help householders to reduce their energy usage, energy surveys for local buildings, teaching sessions in the local primary school, and a renewables workshop.
The volunteer training has resulted in a group of local volunteers (pictured with their certificates at the end of the training) offering to visit the homes of local people to offer tailored energy efficiency advice to help them reduce their energy usage. Similar projects in other parts of the country have seen average bills fall by almost a fifth in homes which have taken part.
The Energy Surveys of local buildings have resulted in the soon-to-be-opened village shop installing loft insulation, solid wall insulation, energy efficient lighting and a highly efficient boiler for heating and hot water. All of these measures will reduce the shop’s energy bill. In addition, three village halls and St Lukes Church in Upper Broughton (pictured) were surveyed. Kinoulton Village Hall has subsequently submitted a grant application for funding towards a photovoltaic solar panel.
The project has worked with a range of local organisations including Greening Kinoulton, three village halls (Kinoulton, Hickling and Upper Broughton), St Lukes Church in Upper Broughton, and Kinoulton Primary School. It has been funded by Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Caroline Harmon, Project Manager at MEA, said:
‘We’re really pleased that this project has been able to benefit so many people living in Kinoulton, Upper Broughton and Hickling. The volunteer training and energy surveys will allow local people and organisations to continue to benefit from reduced energy bills and lower carbon emissions for years to come.’
Alastair Cuthill of Greening Kinoulton said:
The training and the surveys have inspired people and I am sure this will result in carbon savings. The survey of the new farm shop was especially timely and many of the recommendations have been implemented.’