BBC Breakfast.... live from our roofToday BBC Breakfast used Hockerton Housing Project (HHP) as the backdrop to their coverage of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report.

The IPCC has found that climate change is having a bigger impact than previously expected, and that temperature rises continue though they are slower than expected.

Science aside, HHP was delighted to be asked to show why sustainable living makes sense whatever your views on carbon and the climate.

The live broadcasts featured the zero carbon homes and renewable energy systems to show how action on carbon helps reduce energy bills, aids energy security, and galvanizes community spirit.

Simon Tilley talked through life at Hockerton Housing Project, “Our mission at HHP is to bring sustainability to life and what better platform than BBC Breakfast with its 7 million viewers? We were probably chosen because our homes look and feel different but the reality is that every home can become more sustainable: our approach to energy efficiency works in a townhouse, as seen in Southwell’s autonomous house; renewable energy is now more accessible thanks to the feed-in tariff and local community schemes; and it has been fantastic to see the resurgence of food-growing and the allotment movement.”

His daughter Naomi gave the most powerful line though. When asked by the presenter if she felt confident about the future, she replied “I’m not confident, I’m scared”. She later admitted that part of the fear was down to being interviewed live on national TV, but the line helped the coverage look beyond the current ‘debates’ to what we need to focus on – the legacy we leave for our children.

Date posted: September 24, 2013 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Eco homes Sustainable living

SBCES Lifting_the_blade_setSouth Brent’s community-owned Vestas V27 started production last week and 10th September sees 2355kWh on the clock.

It is great to this project go live, as it is very similar to our local Sustainable Hockerton turbine, which is also fully community owned, and we have close links to one of the Directors who is also a member of our scheme! We wish them every luck and success as the commissioning process gets under way.

Is it possible that we will now we start to catch up with the Danes where back in 2001 over 100,000 families belonged to wind farm cooperatives installing over 86% of the countries wind turbines?  In Germany the national figure is 50%  but in some regions 90% of installed wind capacity  (700MW) is community owned1.

Power to the people!

 

1 Renewable Energy Focus Volume 14 issue 4

Date posted: September 11, 2013 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Community Energy Renewable energy Wind Turbines

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