Members of the community group Transition Leicester are celebrating today after being awarded £30,000 of grant funding to develop a new community energy cooperative for Leicester and Leicestershire.
The funding, secured from the Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, will be used to identify local installation sites for solar electric panels and woodchip boilers, and to set up a community-run organisation to deliver local projects to cut fuel bills and generate renewable energy.
The new company will enable local residents, community groups and businesses to invest in local energy provision, by buying shares to fund new renewable energy installations. The organisation will be volunteer-led and run for community benefit, with any profits being paid as a dividend for local investors, or reinvested in local energy saving schemes. The cooperative will be launched at the Green Light festival in Leicester on Saturday March 31st.
The coop has been initiated by local volunteers from Transition Leicester, who are working with renewable energy experts from Sharenergy and Run by the Sun Ltd.
Sam Woods said: “The new coop is great news for organisations that would love to install renewable energy but can’t meet the upfront costs, and for anyone that would like to invest in a positive and sustainable future for their local area.”
The project team are asking local organisations to get in touch if their premises could be suitable for investment in solar PV and woodchip boilers. The team are looking for buildings with large south-facing roofs, or premises in off-gas areas spending more than £5000 a year on heating bills.
For further information or to discuss possible installation sites, contact Samantha Woods on sam AT samanthawoods.wanadoo.co.uk or 07890 587 611.
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A great upcoming course in Leicester, led by a course participant in the Compassion Communication course organised by Transition Leicester in early 2010.
- Would you like to express yourself in a way people are more likely to listen?
- Would you like to hear people in a way which invests in your relationship?
- Would you like to enjoy more harmony where everybody’s needs matter and conflicts are resolved peacefully?
This is a course over three saturdays 10.00 – 3.00 in Leicester
based on the process of Compassionate Communication (otherwise known as Nonviolent Communication or NVC)
There will be a mix of theory and practice using your real life situations.
Trainer: Annie Scott. (On the certification process with the Centre for NVC)
Cost: £15 per day or £40 for all three, £60 per couple. (please make requests otherwise)
Usually parts 1 and 2 will be a prerequisite to part 3 unless agreed by discussion.
Dates: Jan 28th, Feb 11th and Mar 10th 2012.
Venue: to be confirmed.
For registration and further details please contact;
Bianca on 01163480083
Cover a roof with soil and plants and you have a green roof. Do this to a shed, outhouse, garage, small roof extension or office/community building and you will have a wildlife habitat that also provides rainwater management, a cooling energy conservation system and of course something that is great to look at!
This inspiring one-day course gives you a great introduction to Green Roofs. It is being organised locally by Transition Leicester, with support of Leicester Friends of the Earth and Leics & Rutland Wildlife Trust, and will be delivered by UK Green Roof pioneers Dusty Gedge and John Little.
The day will include the design, construction and theory of small scale green roofs, and will engage you in new ways of thinking about design! Guaranteed to be inspiring and fun.
There will be a practical workshop to make a mini green roof that you will be able to take home with you.
For more information and to register download the booking form below, or contact Kay Snowdon on email@example.com or 07913 630 291. Cost starts at £50.
Green Roofs Course Poster
Community Harvest Whetstone will be celebrating a successful year at its AGM on Saturday February 4th, which will be followed by a 70s/80s disco. Come along to find out about the project and opportunities for getting involved, and for a great evening with great food.
Venue: Stoneygate Baptistt Church, London Road, Leicester, from 6pm to 10.30pm
Timetable: 6pm AGM; 7pm: Drinks; 7.30-10.30: Disco with bring and share food
This month’s Transition Network newsletter includes information about Prince Charles spending Brixton Pounds, how the Transition Movement and Occupy movements can support each other (or not?) and updates from Transition groups from around the world…
Read it online here: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2011-12-01/december-2011-transition-network-newsletter
The Winter Programme for the Leicestershire Organic Group (LOG) is listed below.
Winter events take place at Knighton Parish Hall, Church Lane, Leicester, LE2 3WG (off Welford Road, along Brinsmead Road. Good car park behind the hall), normally on the second Friday of each month from September to April.
Meetings are free to members, £1 to non-members, who are most welcome. Talks are followed by drinks and a small range of wholefood refreshments, for which there is a small charge.For further details contact group secretary, Bob Haskins, 01509 842449, or publicity officer, Leon Marvell, 0116 269 4978.
Windmills and Watermills
A talk by Susan Tebby from Ullesthorpe Windmill
“Feed the Soil and the Soil will feed you”.
A scheme for small scale gardening in Africa by Wendy Martin
Our home produced event by group members.
A possible theme is perennial edible gardening
A talk by a representative of the Leicester Wildlife Hospital.
There is a small meeting fees for guests. We may ask for a contribution
from members where we have a speaker.
Brighter Leicester, a project run by Groundwork Leicester & Leicestershire, is offering free training for people who want to get into the Solar (PV) Panel installation industry.
Courses are aimed at beginners or at people who already have electricians qualifications and want to move into this expanding area of work.
People can get in touch at leicesterinfo AT groundwork.org.uk or phone on 0116 2220230.