|THE RESILIENCE CENTRE WINS PRESTIGIOUS GREEN ENERGY AWARD
We are very proud to announce that The Resilience Centre based in the Forest of Dean was awarded 'Best Community Initiative' at the prestigious annual Green Energy Awards, held by RegenSW. The award was sponsored and presented by The Crown Estate and hosted by Channel 4's Scientific Editor Tom Clarke (no relation!).
The award recognised our work in developing our Joint Ownership energy initiative launched as the Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns project in St Briavels and hailed by a recent Government backed Green Paper as one of the most scaleable and beneficial local Energy Initiatives in the UK.
As a result of winning the award we have also been nominated for an International Community Energy award held by ACE (Academy of Champions for Energy)which will be decided in 2014.
Our Joint Ownership model is now being rolled out across the UK where the Resilience Centre is working with a number of Resilient Energy partnerships to ensure maximum benefits from renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass, hydroelectric) are retained within communities whilst meeting the sustainable energy needs of those communities into the future.|
|JV APPROACH FOR COMMUNITY RENEWABLES ENDORSED BY GOVERNMENT MINISTER GREG BARKER MP
Andrew Clarke, Director of The Resilience Centre, made a trip to the House of Commons in September, where a new report on Community Renewables was endorsed by Conservative Minister Greg Barker MP and Shadow Minister Luciana Berger MP, among others.
A key conclusion of the report is that joint venture approaches for community renewables from socially minded local businesses (like us!) are the way forward. We have been pioneering this approach for the last four years and provided an opening presentation of our Resilient Energy approach, before sitting on the Speaker Panel alongside the MPs, the General Manager of Co-operative Energy, Ramsay Dunnning, and the Deputy Chief Exec of Renewables UK. The report and subsequent debate had a number of other interesting conclusions and we hope the findings will feed into the Government's developing policy in this area.|
|ST BRIAVELS TURBINE OPEN DAY & PUBLIC DISPLAY OF FIELD SCALE SOLAR PROPOSAL
We were delighted to welcome visitors to the recent St Briavels Wind Turbine Open Day as part of Community Renewables fortnight. A number of local residents of all ages came to see the turbine at close quarters, hear how the community donations to date have been allocated by the local community advisory panel and find out more about the field scale solar proposal at Great Dunkilns Farm. It was also a chance for us to say hello to some of the local community investors who helped make the project happen. The day was very enjoyable and we look forward to welcoming visitors to future similar events.
|TURBINE VISIT BY WYEDEAN YEAR 9 PUPILS In July the St Briavels turbine also hosted 180 year 9 pupils from Wyedean school as a field trip to support the teaching of geography curriculum. We understand the pupils found the visit extremely interesting and that the school hopes to make this an annual event. We hope to welcome more pupils in the future so they can learn about community scale wind turbines first hand.|
|TWO NEW PLANNING APPROVALS ACHIEVED IN AUGUST
The recent approvals of the Resilient Energy Cherryrock and Resilient Energy Mounteney's 500kW wind turbine projects mean that we are working towards our second community investment scheme. Ahead of a formal launch there will be local drop in sessions in the coming months for potential investors to find out more.
The Resilience Centre is currently progressing 3 further Resilient Energy partnership projects for single Community Scale wind turbines for a number of villages in the Forest of Dean area where it is based. Each project is located between the A48 main road and the Newport to Gloucester railway line which runs in parallel to the Severn Estuary. The projects are inland avoiding sensitive bird habitats. Detailed Ornithological studies have provided evidence of low risk of bird impacts and independent Landscape, Ecology, Noise and Heritage studies have confirmed the sites are suitable, with active project spacing and scaling applied to minimise cumulative effects of the projects combined.The projects are each a single 500kW turbine and will be a maximum of 60m to hub height and 87m to blade tip, as for the installed St Briavels turbine.
FORTHCOMING PLANNING APPLICATIONS
We have been encouraged by the positive support from local people who came along to our Public Exhibitions to find out more about the projects and the work carried out to date, as well as our plans for a local community fund averaging £15k - 20k per annum for each single 500kW turbine project developed.
We anticipate submitting Planning Applications within the next few weeks for the sites below and will post details of the application reference numbers once live.
Alnwick Grange, Community Scale Wind Turbine, Plusterwine Farm, Woolaston
Nurshill Farm Community Scale Wind Turbine, Lydney
Severndale Community Scale Wind Turbine, Tidenham
IF YOU ARE KEEN TO REGISTER YOUR SUPPORT FOR THESE PROJECT APPLICATIONS Please Contact Us by email to register interest. firstname.lastname@example.org
|FIELD SCALE SOLAR PROJECTS|
We are currently progressing a number of field scale solar projects and will be looking to submit applications in the near future. As for our community scale wind partnership projects, the solar projects will be opened up for community investment.
WE WOULD WELCOME CONTACT FROM LANDOWNERS, FARMERS, COOPERATIVES OR COMMUNITIES REGARDING POTENTIAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS IN THEIR AREA
The Resilience Centre is also considering running courses/providing mentoring for its Resilient Energy model and overall approach to Community Scale renewables. Please email to register interest. Visits to the Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns turbine are also possible by appointment and we would be happy to suggest places to stay in the St Briavels area and throughout the Forest of Dean.