The residents of Hockerton Housing Project have installed another community-owned solar PV system. This will expand the PV generation by the co-operative from 7.6kW to 13.6kW and make the site a net exporter of electricity.
We decided to install additional capacity as our current energy use is higher than originally expected, due to the number of people working in our business or from home. The additional capacity also prepares us for electric vehicles.
Conversations have started about going off-grid. It seems that the risks to grid supply do not outweigh the environmental and financial costs of batteries… for now.
Two wind turbines have popped up around HHP. Patrick, an organic farmer in Hockerton, has installed a Gaia 11kW and another local farmer has erected an Enercon E33 near Eakring. SYNERGY the transition group in our neighbouring town of Southwell is also working on plans to put up a community owned Enercon E33 south of the town at Brackenhurst (part of Nottingham Trent University).
Closer to home Sustainable Hockerton’s turbine the Vestas V29 has had a fantastic December with well over 50 000 kWh produced! – A record for one single month. At over 23p per unit that makes a good income for the village! Whether community owned or farmer led wind harvesting seems to be catching on around us.
Hockerton’s community-owned wind turbine is beginning to reap financial rewards for both its shareholders and the village. It has just paid out its first interest payment to members of 5%, only 18 months after production started. It has also made money available to the village.
You can find out more of what Sustainable Hockerton have done on their web site and a take part video.
The media continue to follow the progress of our community-owned wind turbine with interest, and today BBC Nottingham provides an online update.
So far the turbine has generated over 240,000Kwh of electricity (latest figures from end of December 2010), the equivalent to saving the emission of 136 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The energy generated to date is worth approximately £54,000 and Sustainable Hockerton is hoping to pay investors a return of 5% for its first year of operation, with remaining monies funding sustainable projects in the village.
Hockerton’s electricity goes carbon neutral! By the end of November the community owned turbine had produced 221 220 kWh which roughly equals the electrical consumption of the village in a whole year. Looked at another way, Sustainable Hockerton Limited (SHL) have saved the emission of 125 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The impact is small on a national scale but massive on a local one! Congratulations to all concerned!