Meeting in Winchester will hear how people can set up their own solar power stations

Hampshire Chronicle: Meeting in Winchester will hear how people can set up their own solar power stations Meeting in Winchester will hear how people can set up their own solar power stations

A MEETING in Winchester next month will hear how people can unite to set up renewable energy projects.

Winchester Action on Climate Change and Friends of the Earth are holding the meeting on November 13 to discuss community-owned energy projects.

The workshop will be at 7.45pm at the United Church, Jewry Street.

The speaker, Howard Johns, founded an energy co-operative project Ovesco in Lewes three years ago. Last year he set up Britain’s first community-owned solar power station, by installing photo-voltaic panels on the roof of a local brewery.

Ovesco produces reliable income from which interest can be paid to investors plus financial rewards which are returned into the community.
In 2013 WinACC will hold open meetings on the first Saturday of odd months and practical eco-workshops on the second Tuesday of even months.
All events are free and open to all. Their website www.winacc.org.uk has details of all their coming events.

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8:04pm Sat 27 Oct 12

wheresthemoneygone says...

Great news - with rip energy company prices - go for it people.Perhaps we'll be able to kick them out of Winchester eventually.
Great news - with rip energy company prices - go for it people.Perhaps we'll be able to kick them out of Winchester eventually. wheresthemoneygone

10:48pm Sat 27 Oct 12

SunSmart Energy says...

While I don't know whether we'll be able to kick them out entirely it certainly is possible to make them send you a cheque instead of a bill. You just need to join the growing number of households that are putting up solar panels. Prices for the installation have come down by 65% since last year and you get the double benefits of free electricity and a cheque every quarter based on how much you've produced. In total it can add up to around £1,000 a year for a decent sized roof, so quite a good way to avoid being held to ransom by the energy companies!

Matt Thornington
SunSmart Energy Ltd
Winchester
While I don't know whether we'll be able to kick them out entirely it certainly is possible to make them send you a cheque instead of a bill. You just need to join the growing number of households that are putting up solar panels. Prices for the installation have come down by 65% since last year and you get the double benefits of free electricity and a cheque every quarter based on how much you've produced. In total it can add up to around £1,000 a year for a decent sized roof, so quite a good way to avoid being held to ransom by the energy companies! Matt Thornington SunSmart Energy Ltd Winchester SunSmart Energy

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