A planning application for a Solar Farm at Nempnett Thrubwell has gone on appeal to the planning inspectorate after B&NES’s new Conservative dominated development control committee turned the original application down on the grounds it impacted the openness of the Green Belt. This was despite planning officer advice to support the application, a reduction in […]
The government has recently announced an area 5 miles to the south east of Bath as being suitable for fracking or hydraulic fracturing. The area (see map above) starts near Winsley and Avoncliff and covers Trwobridge, Westbury and Warminster. The area is undergoing an assessment process prior to licenses being awarded. This is very much […]
Chelwood, a small village 10 miles to the west of Bath has raised nearly £2.5 million via their share offer to build 5MW solar farm. The building of the 5MW of ground-mounted solar panel on 22 acres of farmland next to Chelwood village will start very soon. The farm is predicted to generate 4,800 MWh of […]
We are providing the following response on behalf of Transition Bath to the government’s consultation on Feed-in Tariff payments for renewable energy. If you want to be involved and agree with our view that it is likely to kill off the renewables industry in the short-term, please either write to your MP or sign this […]
The small community of Chelwood, 10 miles to the west of Bath is raising capital to pay for a large 5 MW solar farm enough to provide electricity for 1,200 homes. To date it has raised £2.1 million in share capital enough combined with a loan for the project to go ahead but it is […]
The BWCE Community Fund for 2016 is now open for applications, the closing date is October 16th. This year £45,000 is available to mitigate against the effects of peak oil and resources, climate change and fuel poverty in Bath and surrounding areas. More information is available on the BWCE website.
The government has just announced a consultation which will reduce solar FIT tariffs by 87% from around 12p/kWh to 1.5p/kWh. This reduction has the potential to significantly reduce or completely kill off any future domestic and community solar PV installations in the UK, at a time when the government is providing significant support and subsidies […]
BWCE and Transition Community Corsham are involved in a project to see how domestic and small scale micro-renewable electricity generation can be integrated with battery storage and automated control of appliances to lower carbon footprints by time-shifting demand. Background: the reason for time shifting demand Electricity demand varies throughout the day: with peak demand on […]
The 2.3MW Wilmington Farm Solar PV Farm went live on the 25th March and is now contributing electricity to the national grid. On Wednesday April 8th it was generating 1.9MW enough to power 650 homes enough to power the nearby villages of Marksbury, Compton Dando, Woollard, Hunstrete, Chewton Keynsham, Saltford and Stanton Prior.
The complete list of BWCE Community Fund grants for this year have been announced: Age UK Bath & North East Somerset £4,882 Outreach project to reduce fuel poverty and improve comfort of the elderly in B&NES Bathampton Community Cooperative (Dry Arch) £1,000 Solar Powered Watering System Bath Canoe Club £4,100 Solar Powered heating system Freshford […]