Successful inaugural networking event

There was a fantastic turn out for HREC’s inaugural Corporate Networking Event on 15th September. Representatives of companies including Southern Water, The Forestry Commission and Future Solent joined us at Hattingley Valley Winery, near Alresford.

Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative (HREC) launched its series of networking events for businesses committed to sustainability and renewable energy in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. HREC aims to develop a network to provide opportunities for local businesses to get together and exchange ideas and also to demonstrate the importance of local businesses to Hampshire’s economy. HREC will hold 3-4 events a year at interesting venues around Hampshire.

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HREC wants local government, either directly or through agencies such as the LEPs, to develop policies that will increase renewable energy generation, reduce energy waste and encourage sustainable development. Consequently, HREC is involved in initiatives to create a more positive and supportive approach by local government.

HREC needs the support of local businesses operating in Hampshire that have a passion for renewables and community owned energy schemes and can help drive the energy revolution forward. Local businesses or those with interests in the county, are encouraged to join as Corporate Supporters.

The modest £250 annual subscription fee will entitle supporters to a profile on the HREC website, corporate branding on HREC communications, opportunity to influence HREC policy and direction, attendance at future Corporate Networking Events, regular email updates, as well as information about investment opportunities in local community-owned renewable energy schemes.

To get involved, please contact We are also keen to hear from you as to how HREC can help your business and we would welcome feedback on your thoughts on how HREC could develop in the future.

HREC would like to extend thanks to the evening’s speakers, Jacob Leadley, Winemaker at Hattingley Valley and Anthony Woolhouse from the West Solent Solar Cooperative.




HREC is very grateful to Hattingley Valley for hosting the event. For those that may be interested, it is possible to book tours of the winery and vineyard. For details contact


HREC would also like to thank our first Corporate Supporters for their commitment and contribution to our future.

Become a Corporate Supporter


Photo credits: Rowbes Photography



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.

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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.


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:



February 28th – Clipboard Day Whitchurch

Volunteers needed for Clipboard Day in Whitchurch

Join supporters and volunteers of HREC at Whitchurch on Saturday 28th February to raise support and spread the word about the Bullington Cross appeal.

As the closest town to the proposed site, support from the inhabitants of Whitchurch is crucial in persuading the planning inspectorate. So do something great and support us in raising support!

Email us to let us know you will be coming at



‘P-day’ is here

Power to the People (lowres)

The date for a planning decision has been set. June 16th is the date for your diaries, when councillors will decide the future of our community owned wind farm.

Meetings begin in the Bapsy Hall, in Winchester Guildhall at 10am on the day. Supporters and members of HREC will be there from 9.30 am welcoming the arriving councillors and committee members with a show of support for the wind farm.

Councillors will then hear arguments from objectors and supporters throughout the day, before making a decision that afternoon.

The future of the wind farm hangs in the balance. We need you to come down and give one final show of support to make sure the councillors know we want a community owned wind farm in Hampshire.

We also need to you to write a letter to your local councillor letting them know in person you support the plans.

If you want to do more, why not speak as a supporter at the hearing on the 16th? We need local residents that feel passionately about a community owned wind farm to speak for a few minutes on the day. Contact us at to let us know you are interested.

Thanks for all your help getting us to this point. It’s been a great many months raising support and meeting some interesting people on the way. Let’s make it count and ensure the councillors say “yes” on June 16th.




Climate Change Factor Forty

Some of us were fortunate enough to be at the Climate Change presentation at the Café Scientifique in Basingstoke on Monday 19th May.

Professor John Shepherd (from National Oceanography Centre at University of Southampton) gave a talk that would have thoroughly depressed many people. In fact he said that if we didn’t leave the room glum and miserable, then he would have failed.

He certainly didn’t fail. A presentation packed full of scientific evidence that Climate Change is a reality, that it is here to stay and that sadly increases in the Earth’s temperature are inevitable.

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We’ve added a copy of his Climate Change Factor Forty 2013 presentation here for you.


Some key quotes we took from the evening are

“the world is getting warmer, there is no longer any serious doubt about that, and the changes this will lead to may be greater than we think”

“evidence from the past suggests that climate change is unlikely to be gradual and steady”

“there is a rapid and irreversible change in the state of the planet”

“natural changes in planet temperatures does not mean we should do nothing”

“of all the scientific studies it’s clear that Humans are the most unpredictable aspect of our future”

“the climate system is now very sensitive to small changes which we don’t yet fully understand”

“the evidence for human influence is very strong indeed, possibly as much as 90% of carbon emissions is man made”

“combustion of fossil fuels is definitely the largest single cause of climate change”

“we need to get a handle on this problem and do as much as we can possibly do, as fast as we can stand”

“local action is essential”

and last but not least – our favourite quote of the evening was




Professor Shepherd suggests the following actions:

  • Make energy more efficient – ie renewables
  • Decarbonise the electricity supply – ie renewables
  • Conserve energy
  • Don’t forget about carbon capture and storage
  • Educate the public to make changes
  • Policy changes are needed at Governmental levels
  • Economic incentives / carbon taxes are needed to steer everyone in right direction
  • Never forget that delaying action will only make it harder


Our thanks to Professor John Shepherd for a fascinating presentation that totally reinforces our need to work together to put renewable energy on the map in Hampshire


Calender of Events until Planning Decision

Below you can learn about what events we have planned for the next five weeks in the run up to the planning decision on the 16th June.

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Time is running out, so come along to one of the events and help spread the word and collect those valuable signatures.

To join us and raise support for community renewable energy then email us at telling us where and when you would like to help.


Fundraising Spring Walk

 Join us on May 18th for a fundraising walk through the beautiful Hampshire countryside.

We’re taking part in the annual Charity Spring Walk organised by Basingstoke Rotary Club on Sunday 18th May, and we’d love for you to come along too.

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It’s the perfect opportunity to meet fellow members and supporters and raise some funds for the Co-operative at the same time.

There is a choice of circular routes – 4, 7 and 9 miles in length and whilst some of us will be doing the full 9 miles, you select the distance that you feel comfortable with. The walk starts and ends at the Mast at Hannington, nr Basingstoke.

It costs £8 to sign up and register – this fee goes to the Rotary Club to cover the costs of organisation of the event, bottled water on the route and a drink and BBQ at the end of the walk.

Children are also welcome and this year there is a fun Children’s Treasure trail too. Dogs on leads are also allowed.

Get your friends to sponsor you for each mile walked – sponsor forms provided on registration.

We’ll be setting off on the 9 mile walk at 9.30am, but you can start at any time between 9 and 10.

If you’d like to join our little walking team contact Tara at or call her on 07972 093196 for more info.


Sponsor us!

If walking is not your thing, you can sponsor our team on our BT donate page for this event. Donations also accepted via Paypal.

90% of sponsor monies raised on this walk will come directly to Hampshire renewable Energy Co-operative. The remaining 10% goes to Rotary supported charities including Riding for the Disabled.

We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target of £1000 – can you help us achieve it?



NB Wear suitable clothing and footwear. Don’t forget the suncream, camera, drinks and foods as needed.

Invitation to Westmill Wind Farm Visit

Members and Supporters of Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative are invited to join us for a visit to Westmill Wind Farm on Saturday 12th April.

We would be delighted if you could join us to visit the 100% community owned Westmill, a Wind Farm Co-operative in Wiltshire, which produces electricity for 4,000 homes and generating £1 million annually.

Recently, we have invited councillors from Test Valley Borough Council, Basingstoke and Deane Council and Winchester City Council to visit the site and experience the reality of a wind farm, witnessing for themselves

If you’d like to make a booking for the visit on Saturday 12th April at 11am, please email

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