Parliamentary Debate – Empowering Community Energy

On 28th November – Power for People (Steve Shaw) hosted the Parliamentary event ‘Empowering Community Energy’ in Portcullis House. The speakers Selaine Saxby MP – Chair of the Community All Party Parliamentary Group. Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy Security and Wera Hobhouse MP Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change and Transport, spoke […]

Young Green Briton Challenge

Energise South Downs Director Catriona Cockburn joined the Volunteers for the Future team to help deliver The Young Green Briton Challenge at The Petersfield School. Led by Paul Turner from the Ministry of Eco Education this initiative empowers students aged 11-14 to create entrepreneurial solutions for local climate and sustainability issues. The innovative ideas from […]

The Petersfield school install 110KW of solar PV on their roof top

An amazing achievement by The Petersfield School who have installed 110KW of Solar PV with the potential to meet a third of their energy needs while reducing carbon emissions. TPS is passionate about decarbonising, it has been great to support them through this process while working alongside Basingstoke Energy Services Co-operative and EHDC.

Future Energy Forum

Energise South Down’s recent Future Energy Forum held in the theatre at Bedales school was a great success with more than 200 attendees. Members of the local community came to learn about the challenges and opportunities with the UK’s journey to net zero. See the Future Energy Forum recording in 5 parts here. After a brief introduction by […]

Solar for Village Halls – Payback Scenario

Village halls are an interesting case with the following characteristics: The low power usage means these are not a typically advantageous case for solar. However, EV charging may be quite a critical element in the viability of an installation. Not many villages are curently well provided with EV charge points and the confidence of publicly […]

Home Energy Savings 101

Here are some of the first things you can do in a domestic context to minimise your energy bills and your CO2 emissions: Hardship Energy Bills First be aware of what your bill is telling you: Quick and Easy Energy Savings in the Home What about Oil? Living in rural villages, many may use oil […]

Community energy: What’s economically viable in 2023 ?

Most of us are keen to see the clean energy transition progress on all fronts, and yet the various technologies have radically different cost-benefit profiles, which have been changing sigificantly over the last few years, and can also be very different according to geography. In this article we aim to take a look at what […]

Regenerate South Conference

Good to network with the private and public sector at the Regenerate South Conference to introduce Community Energy and highlight the importance of putting clean energy at the heart of innovative proposals for regeneration and key economic developments. A panel discussion raised the issues of the national grid infrastructure holding up major renewable projects. Locally […]

Future Energy Landscapes pilot – Harting

A great evening organised and run by Harting CAN in partnership with Energise South Downs, piloting the Future Energy Landscapes project. What is within the realms of possibility for moving to clean energy for a village dependent on oil? An inclusive and collaborate discussion was had about the technologies available for the energy transition with […]