Yesterday on Snowdon 18 hardy souls turned out for a day of sharing and learning. Its community energy fortnight and The National Trust as part of the community energy coalition has agreed to host a variety of open days, workshops and behind the scene sessions. The purpose of this two-week intensive focus is
“The Community Energy Fortnight is an initiative of the Community Energy Coalition. Running from 24th August – 8th September, events will be taking place right across the UK. Through these events, we aim to engage and inspire people about the wide-ranging benefits of community energy, and to generate support for our vision of community energy at scale in the UK by 2020.” Link
We were out yesterday to share what is happening in Abergwyngregyn from a community development aspect but also to see the technical side of developing all sorts of renewables energy system.We were at Hafod y Llan which has everything from biomass to PV and of course the hydros. The weather was good for hydro with plenty of hydro fuel falling out of the sky! Co-operative Group had also kindly helped with the logistics of the day and as importantly with the food!
It was an interesting day with people from all backgrounds. Farmers to lawyers, anarchists to civil engineering contractors. Hard to imagine another subject area with such a mix of people. It did highlight one thing starkly which is the hunger for solutions and unbiassed information out there in order that people can develop these systems for themselves. I have a feeling we will be hosting a few more!