Review of the year 2015. National Trust Wales Going Green… still at it!

there has been a lot to smile about in 2015. the national Trust in Wales have been doing some good stuff over the last year. But 2016 will see us changing gear and going for it... (we think we know what it is)

There has been a lot to smile about in 2015. National Trust Wales have been doing some good stuff over the last year. But 2016 will see us changing gear and going for it… (we think we know what ‘it’ is) Bodnant PV with a smiling Paul.

…and how was our year? 2015 was a busy as ever but our work was quite wide spread this year. Assisting colleagues across the NT with multiple projects… PV, Heat Pumps, Hydro and Biomass. Durham to St Ives, Giants Causeway to Orford Ness.  The highlights of 2015 are listed below. Overall it was challenging, at times stressful but above all ‘fun’ (the most important part) working hard and trying to do the right things should also be fun!


  • Bodnant 50kw PV is in and on
  • Hafod y Porth 100kw hydro now has a year under its belt
  • Dyffryn Garden 250kw biomass boiler is now in and will be switched on in the next few weeks. The district heating system went in a few months earlier
  • Berthen 100kw hydro is currently mid build
  • we have planning permission in place on the Llyndu Isaf, Gelli Iago, Cwm Bychan and Cwm Erch Hydros
  • Penrhyn Castle Biomass is now well into its design phase
  • Surveying underway for 34 new heat pumps systems

Community Energy

  • The Anafon 270kw community Hydro is now fully operational
  • The Llanberis Community Hydro is fully consented
  • The Bethesda Ogwen Hydro is also consented
  • set up the first Community energy consortium in the UK
  • Assisting a further 3 community groups

Engagement and spreading the message

  • Official Observer at COP21 Paris Climate Change Talks
  • British Hydro Association Annual Conference Presentation
  • United Nations Advisory Heat Pump group
  • Member of the Welsh Government Smart Living Group
  • Community Energy Wales Development Fund Steering group
  • CIBSE Best Practice Guide on Heat Pumps
  • Fit for the Future Network growing strongly

Research and Development

  • Testing smart phone controlled energy systems
  • Final year of the European Combine project
  • Hydro BPT EU Interreg project
  • Research into estate wide heating systems


another busy year for National Trust Wales

another busy year for National Trust Wales

It's getting serious out there.

It’s getting serious out there. ps the blue bits in ‘Land an Ocean temp’s’ are caused by melting ice!

…and 2016? Its going to be a big year! As ever Watch this space!


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