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.
Hockerton Housing Project are proud to announce that Luke Tilley, who has grown up at the project has been made captain of the Junior British Climbing Team. Luke is currently Junior British Champion for his age group and is now training hard to prepare for the World Championships in Imst (Austria) this summer.
Luke takes sustainability seriously and tries to minimise his carbon footprint despite his travel to European competitions. He is sponsored by Evolv, who are the first climbing shoe manufacturer to use a recycled rubber compound, and Prana, a climbing clothing company which powers its factory with wind energy (Natural Power Initiative).
From all at HHP, we wish Luke good luck in his future competitions and wisdom in his environmental choices!
We always welcome feedback from visitors, but rarely get as full a review as this…
I am in the Oil Industry and a pilot neither, I admit, the greenest of occupations. My Wife and I faced a major renovation and it seemed sensible to come to listen and learn. What did I learn?
-A Hockerton house is not a ‘magic’ house. -Don’t stick a B&Q windmill on top of your house
-It is highly unlikely many of us could achieve what Hockerton has, but, we can all do something.
-the first step is to insulate, don’t waste energy. -use ‘airlocks’ What do I know?
-conventional energy cost are going to rise. -If I had the last barrel of crude oil in the world , I would not just burn it. -If we don’t do something about carbon, its going to get hot and whilst it probably won’t affect conceited (very lucky) little me it is going to hurt those most in need. Millions of them. -There are positive things we can do and very simple behaviours we can adopt that help; just that little bit. So what did we do?
-Insulate! Get the house up to modern standards and prevent the energy haemorrhage. -Build ‘airlocks’ and adopt the rule of Arctic living; we don’t open one airlock door until we have closed the other. -Underfloor heat. Small delta T over a very large area is very efficient. Reduce to a minimum heating in areas not in use. [Here delta T is the temperature difference across two surfaces, how does it work]
-Build a conservatory to capture the heat from the sun. Isolate it in Winter or when there is no sun. -Install GSHP: We yet to have long term use stats but advertised efficiency of 1:4 seems common sense. (Although at HHP our experience has not been so good, find out here.
-install a modern woodburner and have it ‘shared’ between two rooms by a little clever design. How can something so simple be so efficient? -configure the kitchen to make the most of recycling so that it overcomes lazy human nature -install a quooker; ie boil exactly what you use. No waste. (again…not sure of the stats over the long term but we will see) -compost, harvest rainwater , grow our own and keep chickens. In terms of cost time and effort , no it is not effective but, it is a pleasure, tastes great (eggs and food, not the compost) and helps just that little bit. -develop a ‘stingey’ attitude and aim to use and re-use everything. After a short while it becomes a habit. In conclusion:
A visit to Hockerton is inspirational and motivational. We are doing a little bit as a result.
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.