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.

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

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

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

We very much look forward to seeing you there.


Co-operating for a greener Hampshire

Press Release – Co-operating for a greener Hampshire

Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative (HREC) held its first Members and Supporters meeting in Winchester this month.


Members and Supporters of HREC, a Co-operative for local renewable energy generation projects in Hampshire, were invited to attend a free evening at The United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, where they had the opportunity to meet other supporters from around the County.


Like minded people of all ages, from all corners of Hampshire – from Fareham to Basingstoke, from Lymington to Andover – had the chance to learn about the Co-operatives aims, campaigns and recent activities, as well as quiz the seven Co-op Directors about future projects and long term aims.

 Hampshire Energy Supporters Meeting

After a detailed presentation about the Co-op’s activities to date there was constructive debate and discussion about possible future activities. A new communications and marketing team has been charged with updating the Co-op website, and it was unanimously agreed that the Co-op should remain focused on its primary objective of creating new renewable energy generation facilities in Hampshire.


Martin Heath, HREC Director, comments: “It was great to see so many new faces at our first members and supporters event. We were particularly impressed by the amount of enthusiasm amongst the membership for us to press forward with some of our smaller scale projects, as well as the high levels of continued and sustained support we have for the proposed Bullington Cross Wind Farm.”

Supporters Meeting Presentation

HREC was set up to create a range of renewable energy generation facilities throughout Hampshire. These facilities will be co-operatively run for community benefit. The Co-op also provides a valuable resource for all aspects of renewable energy.


HREC has to date focused on gaining support for the proposed Bullington Cross Wind Farm. HREC plans to own 10% of the wind farm under its community ownership scheme.  Currently more than 1,300 local residents have already emailed or written to local councils supporting the wind farm, with numbers growing steadily.


“It’s imperative for the future of the Co-op and green energy in Hampshire that we find more supporters,  members and volunteers join in with a variety of community events across the county this year, and interested parties are invited to contact us via our website” continues Martin, “We would also welcome invitations from event organisers for us to exhibit at local events, give talks and presentations or run small workshops abut renewable energy.”


The Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-op Team will next be in Winchester on 22nd March drumming up support and signatures.

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Where we will be in February 2014

Hampshire Energy is committed to working with local stakeholders to inform them of the benefits for community energy, how it can benefit local communities, and provide a positive impact to our county.

On Wednesday 12th February, we will be attending the Chamber of Commerce event at Winchester Science Centre to talk with local businesses about the importance of Bullington Cross Wind Farm.

During that week, the University of Winchester’s Green Week takes place, and on Thursday 13th February we will be there to discuss with students the importance of local, community energy.

We continue to visit educational establishments, with a trip to Southampton University on Saturday 15th February for their Sustainability Festival, with our spokesperson Martin Heath presenting to the hub about how it’s possible to make community energy a reality in our county.

Later in the month, we will be attending the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Working for a Sustainable Future event, to help build awareness of the opportunities offered by community energy.

If you’re aware of any events taking place in the local or regional area, or would like us to attend your event to discuss community energy, please get in touch with the office by emailing