We have had a good response to our Supporters Survey but we need more to build up a better picture of the geographical coverage of our supporter base, the networks and contacts we have to draw upon and the various contributions supporters are able to make to the work of BWCE in 2020. So far the average time taken to complete the survey is 7 minutes so it would be great if you could go to BWCE Supporters Survey and answer a few questions.
One big way of supporting BWCE in 2020 is to encourage more people to become members. Our current share offer is ongoing but with the launch of Community Solar 2020 it would be great to get an influx of new members and investment by the time of our 6th share allocation on 31st January. If you know of anyone looking for a New Year’s Resolution why not suggest they join BWCE!
Our Flex Community project is well underway with half of our target of 30 volunteers recruited to the pilot group and the first four Stemy Energy hot water heating controllers installed. Here’s John Ingham with his new controller.
The current pilot project is for people who use immersion heaters (either as the main source or as a back-up) and who live in Bath & North East Somerset or adjoining areas (e.g. Bradford on Avon, Corsham, Trowbridge, Marshfield). Ultimately, the project will broaden out from hot water heating to integrate solar pv, heat pumps and electric vehicle charging and will provide a service to help people identify what technology to install to help reduce carbon emissions.
Thanks to all those Solar Roof Spotters who have suggested potential sites for solar panel installation for our Community Solar 2020 offer. Please keep them coming! All the information you need, including a downloadable leaflet, FAQs, a Roof Spotters Guide and a short survey to express interest can be found at our Community Solar 2020 web pages.
We want are building a people-powered network to promote practical action on community energy across the Bath & West area and we need supporters in every community to help us. If you can spare some time to help us realise our vision please complete our Supporters Survey. It should only take 5-10 minutes.
We have been successful in signing up an initial group of volunteers for our Flex Community project to test and develop the Stemy Energy smart app that we believe has great potential to reduce carbon emissions, help the grid manage supply and demand better and ultimately make it easier to supply renewable energy directly to villages and small neighbourhoods.
We are now looking for more participants who meet the following criteria to join them in the New Year.
Live in Bath & North East Somerset or adjoining areas (e.g. Bradford on Avon, Corsham, Trowbridge, Marshfield).
Keen to do something practical about the climate crisis.
Use an electric immersion heater to heat water (either as the main source or as a back-up).
Anyone interested in helping us to develop Flex Community is invited to attend our next public meeting:
Thursday 28th November 6.30pm Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 16-18 Queen Square Bath BA1 2HN
Come along and find out more about BWCE, hear about our latest plans for how community energy can help address the climate crisis. Our AGM is being held at Komedia on Westgate Street in Bath from 1-4pm on the 14th September.
Attendance is open to all but only members will be able to vote. More information and an opportunity to sign up can be found on our Eventbrite page.
BWCE is working with 3SG, the B&NES 3rd Sector Network, and B&NES Council to run an event on Support for Environmental Projects in B&NES on 18th September at Bath City Football Club. This free event will signpost resources and support that could help groups to build on existing work or start new projects. This will include information on our own Community Fund, due to be launched this year after our AGM on 14th September.
BWCE are excited to be embarking on a partnership with Stemy Energy, a company set up, as a spin off from Comillas University in Madrid and MIT, to promote a more sustainable energy system. Stemy have created a smart app, funded by Comillas and MIT, to enable householders to manage their electricity consumption in order to reduce both carbon emissions and costs. Additionally, the app has the potential to enable householders to generate income from helping the grid to manage demand, especially as more renewable generation is installed.
Beyond its use in individual households, we are particularly enthusiastic about the longer term potential of this app to support the development of other community energy initiatives, such as peer-to-peer trading of locally generated renewable electricity, empowering villages and other small neighbourhoods to become more energy resilient.
We will be working with Stemy to roll out a programme of projects under the banner of Flex Community. For our first pilot project, starting later this year, we will be looking for volunteers in B&NES to test the smart app in their home to explore how it can effectively manage electric hot water heating. More information coming soon!