Its been a busy old few days travelling all over the country. Mr Southall wins the prize this last week. Sharing and learning from and to others. The highlight of my week was the complete sell out of Ynni Padarn Peris Community Hydro share offer ahead of time. £250k sold. Bethesda is 70% there (over £330k sold to date) and shares going out of the door fast. Whats amazing is the number of local people who have bought (over 400 people). Over 90% of the shares have gone to within a few miles of each project. Think someone mentioned Big Society a few years ago. Here it is despite the change in rhetoric from above.
Yesterday I was out as a Director of Ynni Anafon community hydro recording articles for BBC news and radio on the difficulty of community and distributed energy. I stuck my head into the Hydro Power House at Anafon and it was showing an amazing 683MWh of energy generated since Dec . (target is 950MWh for the whole year). We also start on a separate project a few valleys away on designing a smart grid supply system for a community thanks to some seed funding from Welsh Gov… it’s all go! Oh and one of the students we are working with was successful in her EAGA grant bid to review the fuel poverty impact of all the work in Bethesda…. oh and… better stop there. It’s on fire at the moment!