Hockerton Housing Project is an exemplar of community energy:
- Collective purchasing and billing means we share information on our use, which encourages us to use energy efficiently
- The five homes on the Project share two wind turbines (total 11kW) and 7 solar PV arrays (total 13.6kW), and share the benefits of lower cost energy and income from exported energy
- HHP project managed the financing and installation of a community-owned 225kW Vestas V29 wind turbine which offsets the electricity use of the 54 households in Hockerton parish.
We now use the lessons from our experience to advise other individuals and communities (such as Gamlingay) on their renewable energy projects through our community energy masterclasses and ongoing consultancy support.
The short film below from Broadway Nottingham features Simon Tilley, a resident Director of Hockerton Housing Project, talking about the approach used by Sustainable Hockerton for its community-owned wind turbine.
Want to learn more? Book a place on our Rural Community Energy masterclass for a practical view on the key issues for communities and landowners such as project management, finance and potential pitfalls from people who’ve been there, done that.