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Friday July 10th saw Avalon Community Energy launch its Pioneer Share Offer at a packed event at Glastonbury Town Hall (share offer document can be found at: http://www.avaloncommunityenergycoop.co.uk/get-involved/pioneer-share-offer/)
The launch, which was scheduled alongside an associated event with Molly Scott Cato MEP, saw over 100 people turn up to find out how they could invest in the future of renewable energy in their community.
Avalon Community Energy Limited, known as ACE, is the local energy co-operative for Glastonbury, Street, Shepton Mallet and Wells and surrounding villages. Set up as a Community Benefit Society, ACE aims to bring community-owned renewable energy to Avalon whilst generating money for the local area to address issues such as fuel poverty. After a busy six months in which ACE undertook an in-depth feasibility study and carried out a programme of community engagement supported by funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund, they are now almost ready to begin their first installations of solar panels on rooftops across the region.
To facilitate this next stage, ACE have launched their Pioneer Share Offer which is a chance for local and social investors to support the growth of this community solar business, earn interest on their investment and benefit from generous tax reliefs via the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).
Over 50 people took away a prospectus or signed up to invest in the Pioneer Share Offer at the event. Investments can be made up until August 31st but if oversubscribed, priority will be given to anybody living in the Mendip area. Residents of the district can invest as little as £50 in the offer, whilst those living elsewhere have a minimum investment of £500. ACE are seeking to launch between £20,000 and £150,000 during this period.
For those who missed the share launch on July 10th, the share offer document is now available via the ACE website www.avaloncommunityenergycoop.co.uk and at any event where the team are present.
Hello everyone. Gentle reminder about the event tomorrow night. Molly will be talking about the potential for renewable energy in the south west. There will be a panel discussion, stalls and refreshments. Do come a long and take part in the debate.
Next week we will be at Westpoint, Exeter, along with 100 renewable energy and energy efficiency exhibitors and 1500 industry experts and customers at the South West’s biggest energy event!
Full details of the event at the link below
Renewable Energy Marketplace | Regen South West
Renewable Energy Marketplace The south west’s biggest energy event 21 April 2015, 10am – 4pm Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Attend the exhibition for only £18 Attend a leading conference with individual session prices starting at £54…
So far over 380 people have signed the petition (200 on line and 180 hard copy signatures), 100 of whom live in North Wootton. Furthermore, we have written to all the Wells’ prospective parliamentary candidates for their views on the proposal. We have heard that Tessa Munt (Lib Dem) and Jon Cousins (Green Party) support the proposal and James Heappey (Cons) is sitting on the fence. We have yet to hear from the others. If you haven’t already please sign and share the petition by using Link
Good News! So far 62 people from the One World Fair and 71 people from the on line petition have signed up to say they support the Worminster Down Solar Array….so over 130 people have said ‘Yes’ in just three days!! Many many thanks.
If you did not manage to get to the One World Fair but would like to sign the petition in support of the Worminster Solar Array, please use this link.
At the One World Fair, we collected 62 signatures from people in favour of the Worminster Down Solar Array, North Wootton. We were supported by Ben Davies, a North Wootton resident who, as well as most others in the village, support the Good Energy proposal to erect a 15MW solar on Worminster Down. Good Energy’s planning application for the solar array was refused and a demonstration of local support is crucial to their decision on whether or not to appeal. The planning application was refused partly due to a group based in Croscombe set up against the proposal. However, the site could generate enough energy for 3,400 homes, which is equivalent to 71% of homes in Wells. Furthermore, Good Energy will support the wildlife through planting hedges and trees and installing bat and bird boxes. The site is not used for crops and only sheep graze on the stoney land and will continue to do so after the solar array is in place, using the panels as places to shelter from the rain. The site is perfect in many ways as it’s not visible from the village or from nearby roads, but is also at the top of a hill so well placed for generating lots of energy. Good Energy will pay £15K (£1K per MW) a year to the local community for their own local projects as a direct community benefit.
As you know Transition Wells support renewable energy, seeing this form of energy generation as being gentler on the planet than fossil fuels or nuclear energy and as helping to create sustainable communities and so securing a better future for our children and grandchildren.
We heard at the Energy Day that if Good Energy’s Worminster Down solar array application is successful it will generate the equivalent energy for 71% of homes in Wells, and thus making a significant contribution to improving energy security, whilst also being a clean and safe source of energy. However, the initial application has been refused and Good Energy are currently considering an appeal. People of Wells, please wake up to the energy issue, think about the legacy you want to leave your children and grandchildren.
Transition Wells carried out a survey of its distribution list (over 100 people) and found overwhelming support for solar arrays (68%) and wind turbines (64%) on the Mendips compared to fracking (26%). The results of which were shared with the Wells Journal. It is true what Kate Glascott says (letter 2nd October), those against renewable energy have far more coverage than those in favour. Small groups of people have been successful in stopping wind turbines on the Mendips and now perhaps the Good Energy solar array on Worminster Down. However, this does not reflect the views of everyone. We all use energy and therefore must take responsibility for how it is generated. Imagine what a fracking site will look like on the Mendips. If not solar arrays and wind turbines we must accept nuclear, fossil fuels and fracking, which are harmful to the planet. Transition Wells make representations in favour of renewable energy planning applications. Join us if you want to strengthen our position in supporting such applications by adding your name to our distribution list. Just get in touch with us below…
More than 300 people came to our event at Wells Town Hall on Saturday to learn more about renewable energy. We are all very grateful to everyone who supported the event especially the stimulating group of speakers and the diverse range of exhibitors.
Chris Briton, Mayor of Wells, opened the event with gusto and thanked Bill MacKay for his long standing commitment to the Transition movement within Wells. One of the highlights of the event was Wendy Stephenson, CEO from The Converging World, who gave an inspirational talk about their renewable energy projects in India and how this will potentially make a difference to the lives of 1 million people by providing electricity in remote areas while at the same time saving 41,000 tons of CO2 emissions. This was a good news story at a time when there seems to be so much bad news in the press. A short film of the event will soon be available on here on this website but you can check out Wendy’s presentation here