Recent press and media coverage
Fine reportage from the Bath Chronicle on our proposed hydro schemes on the River Avon. Still a long way to go, but we are on our way. To read the full article click here
Nice article on Third Sector websites feature BWCE as a case study. To read the full article click here
Following work by BWCE chair Pete Capener – local MP and now Junior Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) cites BWCE as exemplar at launch of Community Shares Unit – watch here about 13 minutes in. Also mentioned in notes to editors in CLG press release here. From footnote to major news item – it’s only a matter of time!!
BBC Four Thought
BWCE gets nice mention by Rob Hopkins in his excellent BBC Four Thought broadcast. Well worth a listen to understand what the transition movement is all about. Listen here
Press Release - BWCE wins national bid
Locally owned and run Bath and West Community Energy heard today that they have been successful in their bid to the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) for funding to continue their work with schools. The bid was pulled together in record time by a team of local energy workers and the directors of BWCE.
Four local schools, Ralph Allen, Oldfield, Newbridge and Bathford Primary schools, will be the first to benefit. The money, just over £30,000, will used to engage local, professional, energy specialists who will survey each school. They will suggest ways of improving energy efficiency and how any improvements could be financed. Then, using the schools as a base, they will recruit and train community ‘energy champions’. These champions will work with pupils, their families and the school community to find practical and effective ways to reduce energy in their homes.
Paula Malone, teacher and environment champion at Newbridge Primary School said ‘Children are naturally enthusiastic about saving energy. Our work with BWCE will give them plenty of practical tips to pass on to their parents’.
BWCE recently completed the west’s most successful community share offer, raising nearly £¾ million pounds from residents, to install solar panels on local schools and other community buildings.
Cathy Hough who will coordinate the project for BWCE, said, “Doing energy assessments on our schools and working with them to reduce their fuel bills will not only help them save money but also show the pupils that they can do something positive about climate change”.
If, as expected, the scheme proves successful the project will be rolled out across other schools in the area.
And how it was reported in the Bath Chronicle
2nd December 2011
Bath Chronicle reports Oldfield Park School’s solar panels. Nice pic!
4th November 2011
Wiltshire Times – announces first installations in Corsham & Trowbridge schools
3rd November 2011
Bath Chronicle – shrugging off tariff cut
11th October 2011
Bath Chronicle – first investors sign up for energy scheme
6th October 2011
SSE press release – how SSE view their partnership with us
30th September 2011
Bath Chronicle – B&NES Council hosts our launch event
29th September 2011
Bath Chronicle – Bath bid to become eco energy capital!
Friday 1st July 2011
Jules Peck uses BCE as an example of an innovative new business in his Sustainable Business Blog in the Guardian