Political change was a vital part of bringing Westmill, the UK’s first solar cooperative, to life. Of course, inspirational leadership was the first step—Adam Twine knew his land could be used for the benefit of the community and the climate. And the enthusiasm and vision of local people was essential. But we couldn’t have succeeded as a cooperative without Government
Make a sustainable difference in your community WeSET is the unique local charity supported by Westmill shareholders to promote community decarbonisation and sustainable energy. It does this through arts, education and community renewable projects. Over the last few years they’ve shown more than 10,000 visitors around the Westmill site, through a combination of open days, on-site events and guided tours.
Membership of The Climate Coalition is open to national and international non-profit organisations based in the UK concerned with tackling climate change. Westmill Solar would like to support TCC in its aim of achieving 100% clean energy in the UK and we’re pleased to report that TCC has welcomed us as its first cooperative member. As part of a larger
SOLAR PANELS STUDY REVEALS IMPACT ON THE EARTH This is a copy of an article on the Lancaster University website. http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/articles/2016/solar-panels-study-reveals-impact-on-the-earth/ Researchers have produced the first detailed study of the impact of solar parks on the environment, opening the door to smarter forms of farming and better land management. Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University and the Centre for Ecology and
Analysis by Carbon Brief shows that in May 2016, the UK’s solar panels generated more electricity than coal for the first time ever. Solar generated an estimated 1,336 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity in May, 50% more than the 893GWh output from coal. The finding follows on from Carbon Brief’s earlier analysis showing solar beating coal for the first full day
In June Low Carbon Hub got the news that they had won the UK Ashden Award for Sustainable Communities, joint winners with Repowering London. The award ceremony on the 9th June included winners from the UK, Africa, Indonesia, Mauritania, Asia and Central America — a truly global party! Here’s what the judges said: “Low Carbon Hub has an extremely compelling vision for the rivers