Come and scope your hydro with us? “I have a stream…” Royal Welsh Show 22nd of July in Partnership with @EnergyNowMag

Come and have a chat!

Come and have a chat

 We will be working with our fellow Ashden winners TGV hydro and a few other suppliers

Come and scope your hydro at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show

Wednesday 22 July

 Hydro Seminar: 10.30 am Energy now Renewables Area

Drop-in session: 11.30- 4 pm National Trust Stand

 Information about;

  • Mapping and viability
  • Planning
  • Licences, approvals and consents
  • Grid Connection

 And hydro equipment suppliers all available to answer your questions.


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                                                                                                                                            ‘Fy chwyldro hydro…’ Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol mewn partneriaeth ag Energy Now

 Dewch I drafod eich cynllun hydro yn Sioe Amaethyddol Frenhinol Cymru

 Dydd Mercher, 22 Gorffennaf

 Seminar cynllun hydro 10.30am Safle ynni adnewyddadwy Energy Now

 Sesiwn Galw Heibio rhwng 11.30am a 4pm yn stondin yr Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol

 Gwybodaeth ynglŷn â:

  •  Cynllunio
  • Trwyddedau, cymeradwyaeth a chaniatâd
  • Cyslltiad grid
  • Mapio a hyfywdra

 A bydd cyflenwyr offer hydro ar gael I ateb eich cwestiynau.

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Wow, wow, wow… the orchids are back! PV looking great as well! Plas Newydd

if you feel jaded by the whole 'life' thing. A walk through this meadow sort of puts a spring back into it!.

If you feel jaded by the whole ‘life’ thing. A walk through this meadow sort of puts a spring back into it!.

Popped over to Plas Newydd a couple of days ago to see if the ‘Coterie’ was back… Collective noun for orchids. I had to look it up! The 150,000 were back and with a lot of new flowery friends. The density is incredible at Plas Newydd. You can have your cake and eat it! FLOWER POWER!. Our Partner Good Energy (who take the energy produced from this site) is also sponsoring wild flower meadows through Plantlife.

Plas-newydd-PV-and-Orchids-2015-1.jpgThe bit I most like about this meadow is that it has been managed into existence through careful grazing, hay management and allowing natural processes to be… well you know, natural!

just as pretty in my mind. but i suppose i am biased. Having cake and eat it field!

Just as pretty in my mind. But i suppose i am biased. Having cake and eat it field!

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The Anafon community hydro is now marching down the mountain

the snake factory is ready up on the mountain. the 10m sections of pipe are being welded together as we speak. Image Gavin Gatehouse

the snake factory is ready up on the mountain. the 10m sections of pipe are being welded together as we speak. Image Gavin Gatehouse

Its been a few months since I reported on the progress of the Anafon community hydro. The contractors are great, the weather has been superb and all is well with the world. Anafon hydro is a 270kw system and by hook and crook the community of Abergwyngregyn have made this project possible. But its great to see such rapid progress. Its fantastic working on this project with such a dedicated team. More please!

another day in the office. First 400m is now in

another day in the office. First 400m of pipe is now in @GavinGatehouse

the pipe route. PS the pipe has ready been installed and this is what it looks like after! Cool or what!

The pipe route. PS the pipe has ready been installed and this is what it looks like after! Cool or what! @GavinGatehouse

the business end is going in as we speak. the slab is now actually complete for the turbine building

The business end is going in as we speak. The slab is now actually complete for the turbine building @GavinGatehouse

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Energy Champion. Well deserved.

Himself is now a champion recognised by the industry at last weeks REA awards. well done Mr Southall. Having a laugh and making a difference. Perfect combination

Himself is a champion recognised by the industry at last weeks REA awards. Well done Mr Southall. Having fun and making a difference. Perfect combination

Mr Southall or Grand High Poobah as he likes to be called now days Paul the better half of the renewables team here in Wales (Currently on secondment to the National Trust Renewable Energy Investment Program)  won one of the biggies in the renewables world last week in a swanky affair at the Savoy in London. Paul deservedly won the Champions Award for his work in the renewable energy sector. Working with Paul is an inspiration, a laugh and he really does make a difference (I will now wait for him to take the mickey).

Oh and himself is also very grateful to the University of Bangor in formaly awarding me the title of  Honorary Lecturer for the support I and the National Trust Wales give to the sustainability and Countryside Management Graduate and Masters Courses. Keith likes to talk at people!

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Now that was unexpected

From left: Dr.Nina Skorupska (REA Chief Exec); Angus MacDonald (MD British Solar Renewables); Some short bloke; Fred MacAulay (Very very funny man)

From left: Dr.Nina Skorupska (REA Chief Exec); Angus MacDonald (MD British Solar Renewables); Some short bloke; Fred MacAulay (Very very funny man)

Thursday evening saw Ed, Mike and myself all dressed up as we attended the 10th Annual British Renewable Energy Association Awards down in the big smoke. The event was held at The Savoy and they were offering moral support as I had been nominated in the category of “British Renewable Energy Champion 2015″.

Having seen the other nominees I wasn’t holding my breath, and decided that I could always get a job as a chauffeur driving one of the several stunning cars outside the main entrance. Let’s just say I was a tad dumbfounded when my name was called out (won’t tell you the first words out of my mouth to Mike as I got up!).

awardThis is an amazing and unexpected honour and a recognition of the huge strides and leading role that the Trust is playing in demonstrating that appropriate integration of renewable technology can and does work in harmony with the natural and historic landscape.

Many thanks to the judges and everyone at the Rea for not only honouring me with this award, but also for a fantastic evening.

Now back to stopping my two year old from giving the dog a heart attack as he chases him around the garden.Jac

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Do solar PV trackers make a difference in the UK?

the solar tracker at Garwnant. Looks the business. I have asked what the yield is like in Kwh?

The solar tracker at Garwnant. Looks the business. I have asked what the yield is like in Kwhs? Looks like a 4KWp system

I don’t know! This is why I’m asking! I passed a very interesting one today when going down to Dyffryn Garden with Alex to talk biomass. We stopped at Garwnant on the way down from Storey Arms in the Brecon Beacons. This is Natural Resources Wales (ex Forestry Commission) nice buildings, stunning furniture, good coffee, decent biomass and the list goes on. Today there was something new for me which was an impressive PV on a lump of concrete with a solar tracker on it. I have heard all sorts of stuff e.g. does not like the UK because of the amount of cloud we get. The system is not sure what to do when its cloudy. True the one at Garwnant was pointing at the trees when the clouds were out. I have heard of maintenance issues because of the amount of to-ing and fro-ing because of the cloud issue and so on

Can anyone help me? Is it worth the extra bunce? On an educational, sculptural aspect it did look the businesses

the sun was to the left of the array but obscured by the clouds. the System ended up pointing towards the trees. 10 mins later the sun came out and the array dutifully turned to face the sun.

the sun was to the right of the array but obscured by the clouds. The System ended up pointing towards the trees. 10 mins later the sun came out and the array dutifully turned to face the sun.

The gubbins under the array

The gubbins under the array

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Do you want to work with renewable energy and the National Trust? #exciting #makeadifference @nattrustjobs

Fancy calling this your office? Oh and leading on managing its new heating system... and a few others as well!

Fancy calling this your office? Oh and leading on managing its new renewable heating system… and a few others as well!

Do you fancy working in stunning places on cutting edge renewable energy technology and make a real difference? The National Trust Renewable energy investment program is looking for some special people to work with a stunning team (oh and Paul and myself) in making our big translation to renewable energy systems a reality

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Screenshot of the online recruitment system. project Managers for Renewable systems galore. We also need someone to help us buy our sustainability ‘stuff’ better and wiser. Wales Procurement Business Partner

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