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

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.


Take the HREC Selfie Challenge

Take the HREC Selfie Challenge

Have a giggle and spread the word about community renewable energy at the same time.

At HREC we are always looking for new and powerful ways to demonstrate to our local politicians that the people of Hampshire want to see clean, green and fair energy in their county.

So we came up with the HREC Selfie challenge. It goes like this:

1. Print off one of our banners exclaiming your love for community or wind energy.

2. Take a selfie (a photo taken by yourself, for those not in the loop) of you holding the banner of choice. Use your imagination, dress up, make a silly face, take it in a silly place – make it noticable.

3. E-mail us your photo at with your name, or upload it straight to our facebook page or tag #HRECselfie on twitter.

4. We will collect all your beautiful photos, design them into a stylish album and deliver it to our councillors and MP’s. They won’t be able to argue with that.

Remember, get creative to make a real impact. We will pick our favourites and feature them pride of place in our album, make it really great and you will get a copy of the album!

We love to share at HREC, and we know that you do too. Share your pics with friends and family and encourage them take one themselves.

And remember to recycle your banner when you have finished with it.

Thanks as always for your continued support.


Download your banners here (pdf versions)