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    New edition of Wind and Solar launched!

    Andy Reynolds author, instructor, experimenter, forester, and long term promoter of low impact and self reliant living has partnered with lowimpact.org to release an updated version of his popular book ‘Wind and Solar Electricity: A practical DIY guide’. Read more

    The transition to renewable energy will not / cannot happen within the current economy

    This is the first of a two-part conversation, about whether we can transition to renewable energy within the current system, or whether we need system change. Read more

    Repairing an off-grid wind and solar electrical system

    Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 01-Sep-2021 | 2

    We recently blogged about a project: ‘rebuilding a home, and changing the surrounding fields from dead agricultural land into an oasis of natural life’ – as well as building an off-grid electrical and heating system. Here’s the next in the series – about repairing an off-grid wind and solar electrical system. Read more

    £3.3 trillion fossil fuels subsidies by G20 countries since Paris Climate Agreement

    All governments, including the UK, are telling us that they’re laser-focused on reducing carbon emissions. How are they doing? The chart above shows how they’re doing (source: Our World in Data). There’s a tiny flatline around 2020, but that’s because of the Covid lockdowns. Read more

    Keeping energy production local and mutualised: Jon Hallé of Sharenergy, Part 2

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 11-Jul-2021 | 2

    This is the second part of an interview with Jon Halle of Sharenergy, about the prospects for keeping energy production local and mutualised. We talk about community energy, Energy Local and the Big Solar Co-op. Read more

    Be part of keeping UK community-owned wind power alive

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 27-Nov-2018 | 0

    From launching Scotland’s first 100% co-operatively-owned wind turbine to supporting community solar and hydro-electricity projects across the country, Sharenergy are working hard to keep UK community-owned wind power and more alive in the UK. Read more

    What does the future look like for community energy? Interview with Jon Hallé of Sharenergy

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 14-Jun-2018 | 5

    On the NonCorporate blog, we’ll be interviewing people who are out there building a non-corporate economy on the ground right now. We’ll be finding out exactly what they’re doing, what they’ve achieved, what problems they face and what they’d like to see change – and we’ll be asking them how we might co-ordinate the non-corporate… Continue reading What does the future look like for community energy? Interview with Jon Hallé of Sharenergy Read more

    The Human Power Plant experiment: how many hours of power generation a day?

    In this latest update on the Human Power Plant experiment, we learn just what a daily power generation schedule might involve when it comes to 750 students of Utrecht University literally producing their very own electricity. Read more

    Wind farm open day, July 4th: see what it’s like inside a giant turbine, and ask questions in the pub afterwards

    Dan McCallum of Awel Co-op | 20-Jun-2017 | 0

    It’s Community Energy Fortnight from June 24th – July 9th and all over the country there are events to galvanise support for clean power. To celebrate this and to draw attention to Global Wind Day, we are opening up one of Awel’s turbines for people to see inside a wind turbine. Read more

    Stunning film of blades lifted onto a giant wind turbine that you can become a co-owner of

    Dan McCallum of Awel Co-op | 18-Nov-2016 | 0

    Double BAFTA-Cymru winner, Mike Harrison, has made a stunning short film, capturing the moments that the blades are lifted onto one of our turbines at dawn. Read more

    How I came to write the third edition of ‘Wind & Solar Electricity’

    Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 20-Aug-2016 | 0

    So after much effort edition three is now published. Renewable energy technology is changing quickly and so a couple of years ago I contacted Dave Darby with a view to updating edition two. Read more

    Here’s how to get your electricity from a new co-operative with medium-sized wind turbines on farms

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 08-Jul-2016 | 13

    The Small Wind Co-op is a new co-operative, putting up three wind turbines on farms in Scotland and Wales. Anyone from anywhere in the UK can join – we’re offering good returns of 4.5% to 6.5% and even the opportunity to use the electricity generated in your own home. Read more

    Water and space heating from photovoltaics (or wind) using a grid diverter

    Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 16-May-2016 | 12

    This is an idea that allows you to heat water via solar electric panels instead of exporting surplus electricity to the National Grid. This makes sense because it then means that you can do the work yourself instead of hiring an (expensive) accredited installer – plus you can use second-hand gear. Read more

    Do you want to co-own a community wind farm – from £50?

    Dan McCallum of Awel Co-op | 10-May-2016 | 0

    We are really excited to be re-opening the Share Offer for our community windfarm. We raised £734k from our first Share Offer before Christmas and now want to hit the £1,000,000 target. Read more

    Off-grid living: how big does your renewable energy generation system need to be?

    Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 26-Jan-2016 | 0

    Our friend Andy is determined to be self-sufficient in energy should there be a collapse of the National Grid (and / or societal collapse), and has maintained a wind and solar electrical system with a bank of second-hand forklift batteries for 25 years. Read more

    Our experience of generating our own electricity for 25 years

    Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 30-Dec-2015 | 5

    We bought a house with a demolition order on it, not something that many people will do, then we rebuilt it, not something many people will do, and we always repair stuff, not something that many people will do – you get the idea. Read more

    How do you fancy building your own small wind turbine?

    Robin Duval of V3 Power | 24-Sep-2015 | 12

    The UK has one of the world’s best wind resources, and exploiting it with small wind turbines is something that, in the right context, can be a very efficient source of power. Wind turbines, however, come with a fairly long list of handicaps when comparing them to other renewable technologies such as solar. Read more

    How to get George Osborne to buy you shares in a wind turbine

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 06-Jul-2015 | 0

    No, this isn’t a scam – you can get tax relief on shares in community energy. But it’s not charity – you don’t have to part with your money. It’s an investment, and one that is projected to give you a 7% return – much more than a bank savings account. Read more

    Community vetoes for wind farms, but not for fracking? What’s that about?

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 24-May-2015 | 2

    On the one hand the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd, appears committed to stopping the spread of onshore wind farms; this despite the fact that they are already the most important and cost effective source of renewable energy in the UK, and enjoy the support of two thirds of the population; and… Continue reading Community vetoes for wind farms, but not for fracking? What’s that about? Read more

    New share offers in community-owned renewable energy projects around the UK

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 06-Nov-2014 | 0

    Pomona Solar launched its pioneer share offer during h-Energy festivities on 11th October in Hereford. Pomona’s first scheme is for a 250kW solar PV array that will supply low-cost electricity to small businesses located on the site. Read more

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