Support Sparsholt Green Gas Mill Before 15th Aug Deadline

Many of us supported the construction of a “Green Gas” Mill at Sparsholt Agricultural College near Winchester. And many thanks for that, but can you help out again?

The gas mill is being developed by Ecotricity. It is not a community owned project; but we are talking to Ecotricity about other joint community projects.

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The mill takes locally grown silage/grass and turns it into carbon neutral natural gas (methane). The methane is then fed into the national gas grid for use in heating and cooking within local homes and businesses. The Carbon Dioxide produced from burning the gas is almost exactly the same amount as the Carbon Dioxide taken out of the atmosphere by growing the grass/silage. So this means local people can burn the gas without any net carbon emissions.

Ecotricity’s original planning application was turned down by the Winchester Planning Committee for one single reason – the alleged impact on road transport. (We are sure it had nothing to do with the fact that the application was heard a few weeks before the local elections!)

The road transport issue was (and still is) a red herring introduced by the objectors at a late stage. What the objectors “forgot” to point out is that whatever crops are grown on local fields they all need to be transported off the farm. Whether it be wheat, beet, maize or oil seed, lorries would still need to take it away to local processing plants. The Green Gas Mill would have no overall impact on road movements.

Even so Ecotricity has re-submitted their plans and have offered to ensure:
1. Road transport movements are stopped during peak times and during the school run.
2. Certain rural routes will not be used.
3. Most road movement would be to and from A roads.
4. Off road farm tracks will be used as much as possible.

They now need as much local support as they can get. That’s where you come in!

HREC in general supports zero carbon gas production. The purpose of this email is to ask you to send an email of support for the Gas Mill.

This can be done by clicking here.

Please show your support for this important project.
NB We need to act soon as the deadline for comments is fast approaching.

It would be great if you could also share this email with friends and colleagues, and on social media.

As always – many thanks for your help!

 

Images courtesy of Ecotricity

HREC Solar for Schools Conference

Calling all schools and colleges – Sign up here Eventbrite

Community funded solar panels can greatly benefit schools and colleges and can be free. With such a project schools can:

  1. Reduce energy costs
  2. Cut carbon emissions
  3. Gain an invaluable educational resource

Many schools and colleges in Hampshire have already benefited from solar energy. Join us at the HREC Solar for Schools Conference to find out more.

Local schools and colleges are invited to a one day workshop on solar panels for schools organised by Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative, being held on Tuesday 24th November 2015 at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT).

There is a great opportunity for many schools in Hampshire to take advantage of their building rooftops which can be ideal for solar panels, and this workshop is designed to show you how.

Guest speakers from BCoT, solar panel installers, financiers, a community energy co-operative and 10:10 will be explaining how a school can benefit from solar panels, how they are installed and how they can be paid for by the local community. The workshop will cover the UK renewable energy market, technology, financial models, planning and legal issues and a case study of BCoT who have already installed a 100kW, 400 solar panel array.

This free event will run from 10am to 3pm with lunch provided by the renowned Restaurant at BCoT. There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of the existing solar panels at the college.

Realising the time pressures on school staff, attendees are welcome to come for the morning, afternoon, the whole day or simply join us for lunch.

The HREC Solar for Schools Conference is the ideal way to learn more about the benefits of solar energy, and to find out if your roof space may be suitable for solar panels.

Sign up here Eventbrite

Feel free to contact us for more information

 

2015 Annual General Meeting

Our 2015 annual general meeting is to be held on

Thursday 19th November 7.30 pm.

At The Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB.

Doors will open at 7pm, the AGM will start prompt at 7.30pm.

We will cover the formal agenda:

Opening remarks
Chairman’s Report including next 12 months’ strategy
Treasurer’s Report including motion for audit arrangements
Election of new Directors
Guest speakers – Philip Wolfe, chairman of Community Energy England, and Anthony Woolhouse of West Solent Solar Co-op
General Discussion
AoB

Entrance will be by ticket only. If you’d like to attend please download a free ticket here.

Everyone is welcome to join us at the AGM, to meet us, find out about our plans for the next year and to listen to our brilliant speakers. Bring your friends too!

Please note however, that only members are able to cast a vote at the AGM.
If you’d like the opportunity to vote, then please sign up and pay your annual subscription on-line on our website before 19th November.

Exisiting members – If you have any items you’d like to see on the agenda please let us know at info@hampshire-energy.coop

We very much look forward to seeing you there.

HREC Team

Corporate Networking Event

Business owners and representatives are invited to join our very first Corporate Networking Event on Tuesday 15th September 2015, 18.30 to 20.30 at Hattingley Valley Winery. We’re delighted to be partnered at this event by the Winery, which is situated in the beautiful Hampshire countryside at Lower Wield.

Hattingley vines     Hattingley cuvee

Our corporate networking event will provide a great opportunity for businesses to network and also find out more about Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-op (HREC), our objectives and investment opportunities in community based renewable energy. During the event there will be a chance to take a brief tour of the winery and to sample some premium English sparkling wine, all free of charge.

Please note that the event is open to sponsorship and as a sponsor you will have the opportunity to address the guests at the event, bring along corporate branding to display, have a corporate profile on our website and also be granted complimentary one year HREC Corporate Supporter status.

If you aware of any other businesses/groups who may be interested in the event, please feel free to invite them. However, spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Registration:

To register for the event, visit our Eventbrite page and fill in your details.

Getting there:

The easiest way to get to the vineyard by car is from Preston Candover:

  • Take the turning opposite the Purefoy Arms Pub in Preston Candover towards Lower Wield.
  • Follow the road straight for roughly 1.2 miles until you reach a fork at which point, take the left hand fork (sort of straight on) signed for Lower Wield and Yew Tree
  • You will reach a triangle after an additional 1.0 mile where you must stay right and immediately after this you will find the Hattingley Valley Winery immediately on your right hand side.

The best postcode for SatNav is: SO24 9AJ

If there is sufficient demand, there will be a minibus service transporting guests to and from Basingstoke Train station. Please email George Belfield (contact below) if you would like to use the minibus service.

Further Information:

If you would like to sponsor the event or have any further queries please contact us:

helen.jones@hampshire-energy.coop
george.belfield@hampshire-energy.coop

 

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HREC featured in Winchester News

We are pleased to help the local student community in Winchester understand more about local energy, and were recently interviewed by a student journalist for their online news bulletin.

You can watch the story here from the Winchester News Online YouTube channel:

You can read the full article by clicking here.

 

Photo Credit: Black Rock Energy