powering up your community resource library
Blewbury Energy Iniative’s response to the phase 1 of the FiT review for solar PV.
The Co-op is working with Forum for the Future and Co-ops UK to develop a community power vision for the UK. There is a launch event on the 15th February.
Latest announcement from Government on the Feed-in Tariff.
DECC’s consultation document on phase 1 of the review on the feed-in tariffs, focussing on the rates for solar PV.
Friends of the Earth briefing paper on the FiT review – covers all those frequently asked questions from What has the government proposed for schemes run by local communities? to the What are the impacts of the government proposals?
The Hub has looked at the evidence from Oxfordshire and local communities to respond to the government’s consultation Phase 2 Review on the Solar PV FiT.
Hub Final FiT Response
The Hub’s overall response to the FiT reviews – 1, 2a & 2b – compiled in consultation with many low carbon groups in Oxfordshire.
The Low Carbon Hub has put together a response to the Government’s Phase 2 Review of the FiT for non-solar PV technologies. The final version will be submitted on the 26th April.
The Low Carbon Hub has put together a draft response to the Government’s Phase 2 Review of the Solar PV FiT. The final version will be submitted on the 3rd April 2012.
The Low Carbon Hub’s response to DECC’s consultation document on phase 1 of the FiT review on solar PV.
Link to Sarah Couch’s (Transition Eynsham Area) letter in response to Chris Koenig’s article in The Oxford Times on the cut in the Feed-in Tariff (Rush to Sort Solar Panels, 10 November).
Sarah Couch from Transition Eynsham Area visited David Cameron’s office in Witney to discuss her concerns about the review of the Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) on solar PV. This is the letter she received in response.
The Hub has updated the evidence from Oxfordshire for the Phase 2 Review to include non-solar PV technologies.
A summary of the Hub’s community energy services.
A comprehensive checklist for those working on community microhydro projects: it takes you through all the steps from getting an owner agreement to the official switch on.
This checklist takes you through all the steps from getting an owner agreement and checking wind databases right up to the big switch on.
For communities working on solar projects, this checklist will be invaluable. It takes you step by step through all the stages from getting started and development to running a solar project.
Guides to support the setting up of social enterprises to combat the challenges of peak oil, including sustainable community loan fund and developing community energy.
Summary of the support options under the Hub’s community energy service for solar PV projects.
This guide goes into detail as to how this successful West Oxford community developed ways to take action on climate change and generate a “double carbon cut”.
The Low Carbon Hub have put together a suggested project plan for developing a community solar PV scheme to help you plan your project.
A useful project plan for a microhydro scheme, starting with the owner agreement and going right through to the FiT registration and annual maintenance checks.
A useful project plan for a microhydro scheme, including when best to take anemometer readings and sort out planning permission.
A useful project plan for a solar PV scheme, starting with the owner agreement and going right through to the FiT registration and readings and billings.
This useful table will help you compare the renewable electricity technologies eligible for the FiT in terms of their suitability for a community-led project.
Low down on installing PV on Matthew Arnold School in West Oxford.
templates & examples
LCON’s full proposal to the Cherwell School Board of Governors to develop a 50kWp solar PV installation on the roofs of the Cherwell School.
The Hub have put together an example of balance of benefits for a solar PV scheme, showing project size, income, expenditure and potential returns.
Example of letter of intent from Cherwell School to ONCORE, a community benefit society, promising to work exclusively with that organisation to develop a community solar PV installation.
This brochure sets out the purpose, benefits and terms and conditions of ONCORE’s share offer to fund an installation of solar PV at the Cherwell School.
Based on sample from National Energy Foundation, this is ONCORE’s invitation to tender for the installation of 50kWp solar PV at the Cherwell School.
A sample letter of intent to Matthew Arnold School re installing a solar PV array on the school roofs.
Sets out West Oxford Community Renewables’ plan for developing renewable energy projects in the West Oxford area. It goes into their fund raising strategy; financial forecasts; development costs and installation timelines.
WOCORE’s planning proposal to install a wind turbine on the old Corpus Christi sports field. It looks at the reasons to install wind and balance energy generation for a community.
This document sets out the terms of WOCoRe’s share offer to fund a range of renewable energy projects in West Oxford.
Ten school projects in and around Bath were developed by Bath and West Community Energy following a share offer that raised over £700,000.
OVESCO developed a solar PV project on Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes following an amazing share offer that raised £350,000.
This paper looks at the renewable energy potential for the West Oxford area.
Case study of the first wind project undertaken by West Oxford Community Renewables.
This was the first collaboration between a community and a large retail business to install solar PV in the UK. The case study looks at the installation of 52kWp of solar PV on the newly-built Aldi supermarket in West Oxford.
In partnership with Oxford City Council, West Oxford Community Renewables installed five solar PV arrays of 2kWp each on social housing in the area.
This is the first example of the lease of a roof by a community group for solar PV in the UK.
This case study shows the further installation of solar PV on the roofs of the King’s Centre and Cotswold Hall in West Oxford.
This case study is on the largest solar PV array on a school in the UK: 100kWp on Matthew Arnold School in West Oxford.
The community that installed the wind farm at Westmill have put together an inspiring video – Westmill Voices – on the wind farm and the community that supported it, and what it means to them.
A short documentary showing how Fintry in rural Stirlingshire, Scotland, has embraced renewable energy for a more sustainable future for their community.
Encraft have developed a whole range of calculators to measure everything from heat pumps to solar thermal and your own carbon footprint.
Enter your postcode into the database and it will show you the estimated wind speeds at your location at three heights: 20m, 25m and 45m. There are also some useful calculators on this site to convert logs priced per volume and heating oil to price per kW to compare against other fuel sources.
CAT aims to inspire and inform people to live more sustainably. They offer practical solutions to environmental problems and run courses and provide information on all aspects of sustainable living, including a report on their vision of a zero carbon Britain.
Signposting website from DECC to help communities working on renewable energy projects.
The CHP Development Map identifies locations in the UK where CHP (combined heat and power) has the greatest potential, and therefore the largest environmental impact.
This online map, published by DECC, shows key renewable installations around the country. You can filter by energy source, region or planning authority. A useful, if cumbersome, overview of renewables in the UK.
This site gives the lowdown on the FiT tariffs – how they work, regulation and legislation as well as an update on the reviews and changes.
PlanLoCaL has a suite of resources including films, a resource pack and website which aims to support communities and groups that are planning for low carbon living.
The Renewable Energy Association’s latest report looks at employment figures and turnover in the renewable energy sector in the UK. Interesting reading.
A clear explanation of the RHI and how it works.
A quick-time video on installing a solar pv array.