Tool share at the Town Shop – would you like to be involved?

Tool share at the Town Shop – would you like to be involved?

With the imminent launch of the Tavistock Town Shop we’re keen to hear your ideas for what the shop should contain. One of the latest proposals is to create a tool sharing facility where local people could borrow tools they otherwise may not have access to, to complete home improvements and DIY. We could also make the most of local expertise and share the knowledge of local people who have ‘been there and built it’.

If you think this sounds like a great idea or have tools or expertise you’d be willing to contribute we’d love to hear from you.

And if you have any other ideas for the shop please let us know that too!

Wadebridge electricity prices slashed

Wadebridge electricity prices slashed

The South West Grid is struggling to cope with ‘growth in renewables’  and hundreds of householders in Wadebridge are being offered cheaper electricity when the sun is out – the Wadebridge Sunshine Tariff.

Kevin Smith from community group Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (Wren), which is running the scheme, said: “We want to shift electricity usage to when solar generation is at its greatest.

“And it’s likely that this shifted use of electricity during the day will be offset by corresponding reduced use of electricity in the evenings.”

The rate in Wadebridge in Cornwall will be slashed from 18p a unit to 5p a unit between 10:00 and 16:00 during the pilot scheme from April to September.

Find out more about the Sunshine Tariff in Wren’s booklet, here.

Read the full report here.

When the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow…

When the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow…

Researchers from Harvard University in the US have developed a battery that uses a common food additive to enable abundant solar and wind power to be stored cheaply and safely in homes and offices.

Such batteries could be used to save and store surplus wind and solar power, which could then be used at times when neither form of renewable energy can deliver.

Read the full report here

Beyond wind, solar and hydro: A look at the less talked about forms of renewable energy.

Beyond wind, solar and hydro: A look at the less talked about forms of renewable energy.

Most electricity in the world is produced using steam to push turbines, which generate power by transforming kinetic energy into electricity within a generator. Electricity is thus inextricably linked to movement and to heat, and  there are many resources on our planet with which we can produce renewable energy beyond the near-ubiquitous solar, wind, and hydro.

Read the full report here

New geothermal energy fund warmly welcomed by Eden and EGS Energy Ltd

New geothermal energy fund warmly welcomed by Eden and EGS Energy Ltd

The news that funding is to be made available for the development of geothermal energy in Cornwall has been hailed as a major breakthrough by the Eden Project and its partner EGS Energy Ltd.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has just released a call for proposals for £10.6m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Alongside Cornwall-based EGS Energy, the Eden Project has been actively campaigning for funding for its planned geothermal power plant on its site, a former China Clay quarry at Bodelva near St Austell. It would be the first of its kind in the UK.

Read the full report here.

About Us

About Us

We’re all spending a lot of money on heating and powering our homes (around £16m per year, or £44,000 a day across the Tavistock area). With much of this spend going to the big power companies the majority of the benefit leaves our local economy like a leaking bucket.

By working together we can start to stem this flow in a number of ways. We can make our homes and businesses more energy efficient and reduce the amount we need to spend. We can also generate more locally, investing in micro-renewables at home or work. We can also look at opportunities to get together as a community and invest collectively in schemes which will deliver local benefit.

Importantly, we can also work together to tackle fuel poverty across the area, aiming for everyone to be able to enjoy a warmer and more comfortable home.

Find out more about the local opportunities by checking out the Tavistock and District Local Economic Blueprint Energy report. Download here or check out information about the LEB here.

If you’re interested in getting involved please let us know.

To see what others are achieving elsewhere check out Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (www.wren.uk.com).

Newsletter – February/March 2016

Newsletter – February/March 2016

In this months newsletter get the latest update on our community share offer, find out how the Moroccan’s are supplying renewable electricity to a million people and read all about the upcoming celebration of local food, growing and cooking at Tavistock College.

Click here to see the newsletter.

 

 

Moroccan solar plant to bring electricity to a million people

Moroccan solar plant to bring electricity to a million people

The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun’s warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to power a steam turbine in the evening.

The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; the last stage aims to supply power 20 hours a day.

It is part of Morocco’s pledge to get 42% of its electricity generation from renewables by 2020.

Read the full report here

Can you help us to stock the Tavistock Town shop?

Can you help us to stock the Tavistock Town shop?

We are still waiting for an update on finalising the lease for the shop but we’re hoping to bring you some good news very soon.

In the meantime if anyone out there can help us to source the following items we’d be very grateful!

  • Display boards – wall mounted and free standing
  • Any IT equipment – e.g. printers, laptops etc
  • It’s a long shot, but we are looking for a projector
  • Also general administration equipment, laminators, binders, etc. 

If you have any of these items or anything else you think might be useful please get in touch.

Making your home warmer

On this page we’ve put together a host of information you can use to make your home warmer. From insulation to central heating, we’ve got it all! And don’t forget, for more information you can pop into the Town Shop and speak to one of our Energy experts who will be pleased to help.