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£200 for every Hockerton home and business

After the great response to the last round, Sustainable Hockerton is pleased a second offer of £200 to every household and business in the parish for energy and water saving measures installed by 31 March 2017.

In-depth surveys of 3 Hockerton homes found plenty of ways to save money and make homes more comfortable. Examples  from the last round include:

  • loft insulation
  • 5 households put their funds towards a shared solar PV system
  • switching to LED lights
  • thermally-lined curtains and blinds
  • water efficient shower heads
  • water butts

This offer is a thank you to the village for hosting the wind turbine, and to deliver on our commitment to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the parish by reducing bills, carbon emissions and resource use.

SHOCK continues to maintain a fund for larger projects, with ideas always welcome.

I have now re-bulbed the whole house. Has certainly made a difference – my 32 day electricity consumption for Nov-Dec period appears to be 25% below annual average for a month which given it is a winter month is fantastic!! Thanks to…

Ralph, a local resident

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Community solar PV: moving fast to keep FiT

This autumn, we are racing against the clock to install further solar PV roofs.

The plan is to install two roofs on local businesses – one of 10kW and a further one of 27kW. The businesses benefit from lower cost power, Sustainable Hockerton members benefit from continued returns from their investment, and the community benefits from a village sustainability fund.

These new installations will be funded by the co-op’s income from its 225kW wind turbine, potentially with some top-up loans from its members, and will help further diversify the renewable energy systems in our parish.

imageThe clock is, as many of you will know, ticking. The Government plans to substantially cut the feed-in tariff and, as of 1 October, removed the ability to pre-register schemes for the feed-in tariff, removing the certainty that community schemes need to raise investment. These cuts appear far too big and far too early, whilst the attack on investor certainty pushes up costs – which is no way to help reduce energy bills in the long-term. We have sadly also begun to see the impact of specific cuts and a wider policy vacuum on jobs, with the loss of an estimated 1000 jobs at Mark Group and Climate Energy.

We can only hope this attack on renewables is a last gasp from a system historically reliant on the fossil fuel industry. Interest in our approach continues to engage and inspire other communities (pictured above are York Community Energy on a recent visit); and at a crucial time in the run up to Paris talks, the climate now has the Pope, Barack Obama, the governor of the Bank of England and Nanny McPhee firmly on its side.

It is, to say the least, disappointing that the UK Government is no longer leading the green agenda, but this is a global challenge and, as the business world opens its eyes to the high risks it faces, it feels like the balance is shifting.

If you want to find out more about what we’ve achieved at the street and community level, Hockerton Housing Project’s next Sustainable Living tour is on Saturday 7 November.

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Annual report 2014/15

Today SHOCK Directors reported progress on its sustainability objectives to its AGM.

Environmental: In the last year our wind turbine has produced 270,637 kWh of zero carbon power and our new PV array produced 45,240kWh, displacing the emission of 145 tonnes of carbon dioxide from fossil fuelled power stations

Economic: 7% interest capital was paid on share capital held in May 2015, and 40 days of work provided for local residents.

Social: £2,425 was set aside for the village’s sustainability projects; the offer of £200 for energy and water saving measures remained open for new applicants from the parish; a 7kW electric car charging point was installed at the village pub (since closed, hopefully temporarily); a heart start unit was purchased and is located in the village hall, and first aid training was delivered to residents. In September we supported a village event.

There are now 78 members of the Society. If you are interested in joining, as and when shares are made available for transfer by existing members, please contact us. Priority will be given to local residents.

The meeting also considered two resolutions:

  • to consult members on their wish to withdraw their investment from the Society in 10 – 15 years time, in order to aid planning.
  • a proposal to invest in two further photovoltaic systems in line with the Society’s objectives.

Both resolutions were passed.

New energy mentoring service

We’re delighted our project managers at Hockerton Housing Project are joining a new mentoring service for Community Energy projects as a Peer Mentor, thanks to a new project funded by the Esmee Fairburn Foundation.

Like the other Peer Mentors across the country, they have a range of experience to share, in terms of scale and technologies, in renewable energy generation. And they are experienced in mentoring a range of projects, having run a similar service through the Energy Saving Trust, as well as their current advisory services.

Energy mentors

Eligible community energy groups accepted onto the programme can access up to 6 days of support from the Peer Mentors.  It is perceived that mentoring activities will be undertaken using a range of interventions to include face to face meetings (one to one or group), telephone discussions and email exchanges.

Full details will be provided when you apply for support, and you will be matched with the mentor who meets your needs in terms of project type and location – though there’s no harm in requesting us is there?!

Annual report 2013/14

Today SHOCK Directors reported progress on its sustainability objectives to its AGM.

Environmental: In the last year our wind turbine has produced 298,898 kWh of zero carbon power and our new PV array produced 1,103kWh, displacing the emission of 133.64 tonnes of carbon dioxide from fossil fuelled power stations

Economic: 5.5% interest capital was paid on share capital held in May 2014, and 45 days of work provided for local residents.

Social: £7,489 was set aside for the village’s sustainability projects; we offered every home £200 for energy and water saving measures, with uptake by around half of the homes to date; and we supported a community event at the local pub

There are now 78 members of the Society. If you are interested in joining, as and when shares are made available for transfer by existing members, please contact us. Priority will be given to local residents.