January update

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A little while since our last update and a lot has happened. We have had the turbine up and running in test mode and it has produced some energy. The final step to consistent generation is unfortunately taking a lot … Continue reading

Lets make 2014 a great year for co-ops

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We’re going to be involved in a conference looking at the great things that are happening in UK co-ops and putting the negative stories of 2013 and the bank crisi behind us. It’s on the 17th Jan in Manchester: http://www.cbc.coop/co-op-bank-crisis-ways-foward-conference/ In the interim we are working on no less than 7 new share offers! So… Read more »

Share offer success

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We’re delighted to say that Wedmore Community Solar , Dingwall Wind Co-op and Llangattock Green Valleys Hydro share offers are all complete – that’s well over £2m subscribed for community shares! JCC Community Woodheat still has 7 days to run and is at 72%. We’re busy working on the next crop – several solar projects on roofs and in… Read more »

Stump out and on we go

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The rain has come right on time as we enter what is hopefully the final week of installation. The famous stump that we found at the base of the weir has been removed finally and last Friday the slab which … Continue reading

Generator in place

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The generator installation was completed on Friday. The system is essentially ready to go once we have the inlet screen in place, which will probably take us into early next week. The photos also show the new eel pass in … Continue reading

Launch of Llangattock Green Valleys Micro Hydro Co-op

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Llangattock Green Valleys are launching their first community share offer today – Wales’ first up-and-running hydro co-operative! The co-op will own and operate two high-head micro hydro schemes close to Llangattock in the Brecon Beacons. They are looking for £270k of share capital with a predicted return of 5% (excluding EIS tax relief, for which… Read more »

Turbine arrives on site

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The turbine is being installed as we speak. Bill comments “The quality of workmanship is impressive. We will have a powerful piece of equipment here – all we need is the river to help us along. With current very low … Continue reading

Dingwall Wind Co-op launches today

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We’re just getting ready for the launch event of our newest co-op which will own a 250 kW wind turbine at Dingwall in the Highlands. We think it will be Scotland’s first 100% co-operatively owned wind turbine! Much more info available on the Dingwall Wind Co-op website where the share offer document will be available… Read more »

800,000 raised for community energy

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As of today Wedmore CPC Share offer is at 65% of their share total and JCC Community Woodheat is at 32%. Together they have raised over £800,000 for community energy and are heading rapidly towards their targets. We’ve been providing admin support to both share offers – registering new members and dealing with their book-keeping…. Read more »

The future of heating

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We’ve just been told we were featured in The Future of Heating: Meeting the challenge – a publication from DECC which came out in March. Hopefully lots of people will make it to page 81 and be inspired. It’s heartening … Continue reading