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    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s latest e-bulletin (February 2010)
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    (1) Home Energy Check Mailout
    (2) Free Energy Course – Thursday 25th March
    (3) Buckfastleigh Green Library
    (4) Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff*
    (5) DARE – Solar Electric Transformation Trail – 26th Feb*
    (6) Transition Tree Planting*
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    (1) Home Energy Check Mailout
    The Home Energy Check forms were somewhat delayed, but I am told will be arriving on the doorsteps of everyone in Buckfastleigh and around on Tue/Wed 23/24th February.
    Please look out for them and get them filled in and sent off (or completed online at www.tinyurl.com/342tvu ). Encourage your neighbours too.
    (2) Free Energy Course – Thursday 25th March
    NOTE: The course-details mentioned in the last e-bulletin have been changed.
    BTT will be hosting a free one-day course run by the Energy Saving Trust which will be held at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Thursday 25th March from 9.45 til 4.30.
    The course is called ‘Energy Auditing for your community building’, and is aimed at people who want to learn how to measure & understand energy use, improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of a community building, and reduce energy costs. It will be particularly appropriate for anyone involved in a charity, group, school, church or other organisation responsible for running a building, but will also be of interest to individuals or businesses who want to gain a better understanding of energy issues.
    No previous knowledge is needed.
    Go to http://www.buckthetrend.info/course/ to find out more about the course. You will have to register as a member of the Energy Saving Trust Green Communities before you can register on the course. You can do this at no cost at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/cafe
    Places are limited, so get in touch soon to register by emailing info@buckthetrend.info with your name, organisation that you will represent (if any), email address & contact phone number.
    If you know of any other individuals or groups who may be interested in this course, please pass on these details (or contact a member of the Committee so that we can contact them)
    Food and refreshments will be provided on the day.
    If you are travelling into Buckfastleigh, please think about using public transport where possible or sharing your journey with others (try http://www.carsharedevon.com ).
    (3) Buckfastleigh Green Library
    We are still collecting donations of cash, books, DVDs etc. for the Buckfastleigh library ‘Green Corner’, so please give what you would like to see people have access to locally.
    (4) New Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff – start making money growing your own energy…*
    From April 1st this year the new renewable energy feed-in tariffs (known as Clean Energy Cashback) start to apply. This means that if you fit solar electric panels (PV), wind turbine, micro Combined Heat & Power (CHP), an
    anaerobic digester or a micro-hydroelectric generator, you will be guaranteed 10-41p (depending upon the technology) per unit you generate for the next 10-25 years, even if you use it all yourself! And for anything you don’t use, you’ll get another 3p per unit as it feeds back to the grid.
    You can also backdate any equipment installed after 15 July 2009, to receive the same money, but anything installed before that date, will have to be registered with the new scheme to continue receiving support at the same level as the old (RO) – about 9p/kWh.
    Public buildings and business premises are also eligible for this scheme. To find out more check out EST site on http://tinyurl.com/yg2azqg or the RegenSW site at http://www.regensw.co.uk/downloads/RegenSW_424.doc
    Also currently in consultation stage, but due to be in place by April 1st 2011, The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will provide a tariff for other technologies that do not generate electricity, but replace fossil-fuel based heating systems, such as solar water heating and biomass systems. This looks like it will provide around 18p per unit for Solar thermal and between 5 & 9p per unit for other technologies including ‘renewable solid biomass’ and ground/air source heat pumps.
    To find out more check out the RegenSW site at http://www.regensw.co.uk/downloads/RegenSW_425.doc
    Get in touch if you would be interested in attending a briefing on the ins-and-outs of the new legislation…
    (5) DARE – Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Transformation Trail 26th Feb *
    Join the Devon Association for Renewable Energy for a tour of sites across the Greater Dartmoor area that have harnessed the power of the sun to generate clean, green electricity. The day will consist of visiting four photovoltaic arrays of differing scales, situations and applications. With the introduction of Feed in Tariffs there may be no better time to investigate installing photovoltaic panels and generating renewable electricity.
    This tour will be lead by a DARE technical officer and each delegate will receive an information pack brimming with case studies, factsheets and data. The delegates will be transported by minibus to each site and will be able to ask the site owners questions about their technologies discovering the process from inspiration through to installation.
    Community representative (£5 pp), individual (£10pp) & business representative (£20pp). The cost includes transport and lunch.
    Please contact DARE by telephone 01837 89200 or email mail@devondare.org if you are interested in attending or go to www.devondare.org
    (6) Transition Tree Planting *
    Pam Macdonald (involved with BTT, Ashburton Futures/Transition Ashburton & Transition Totnes), invites everyone to join in planting trees at Higher Druid, Ashburton on sat/sun 20/21st February from 10am-4pm. They have 4000 trees to plant by the end of March, and need help to get them planted.
    Higher Druid is 22 beautiful acres of land above Ashburton consisting of 7 acres of mature mainly beech wood, 10 acres being planted to new native woodland under the Forestry Commission Woodland Creation Grant Scheme and 3 smaller fields that will be planted with a mixture of coppice and standard and woody shrubs for the future harvest of timber, fuel and non-timber forest products.
    The aim of this small-scale forestry enterprise is to revitalise the local production of traditional forest products, raw materials and rural crafts by increasing the biodiversity of the woodland to create future benefits and resilience for the local community.
    Contact Pam on 01364 642893/07973412681 naturaldecorating@phonecoop.coop if you can help out.
    * CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSED BY BUCK THE TREND BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS OF THE GROUP

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s latest e-bulletin (February 2010)

    __________________________

    (1) Home Energy Check Mailout
    (2) Free Energy Audit Course – Thursday 25th March
    (3) Buckfastleigh Green Library
    (4) Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff*
    (5) DARE – Solar Electric Transformation Trail – 26th Feb*
    (6) Transition Tree Planting*
    __________________________

    (1) Home Energy Check Mailout

    The Energy Saving Trust  Home Energy Check forms were somewhat delayed, but we have been promised they will be arriving on the doorsteps of everyone in Buckfastleigh and around on Tue/Wed 23/24th February.

    Please look out for them and get them filled in and sent off (or completed online at www.tinyurl.com/342tvu ). Please encourage your neighbours too.

    (2) Free Energy Audit Course – Thursday 25th March

    NOTE: The course-details mentioned in the last e-bulletin have been changed.

    BTT will be hosting a free one-day course run by the Energy Saving Trust which will be held at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Thursday 25th March from 9.45 til 4.30.

    The course is called ‘Energy Auditing for your community building‘, and is aimed at people who want to learn how to measure & understand energy use, improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of a community building, and reduce energy costs. It will be particularly appropriate for anyone involved in a charity, group, school, church or other organisation responsible for running a building, but will also be of interest to individuals or businesses who want to gain a better understanding of energy issues.

    No previous knowledge is needed.

    Go to http://www.buckthetrend.info/course/ to find out more about the course. You will have to register as a member of the Energy Saving Trust Green Communities before you can register on the course. You can do this at no cost at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/cafe

    Places are limited, so get in touch soon to register by emailing info@buckthetrend.info with your name, organisation that you will represent (if any), email address & contact phone number.

    If you know of any other individuals or groups who may be interested in this course, please pass on these details (or contact a member of the Committee so that we can contact them)

    Food and refreshments will be provided on the day.

    If you are travelling into Buckfastleigh, please think about using public transport where possible or sharing your journey with others (try http://www.carsharedevon.com ).

    (3) Buckfastleigh Green Library

    We are still collecting donations of cash, books, DVDs etc. for the Buckfastleigh library ‘Green Corner’. If there is anything that you feel that the community should have access to, please make your donation at the library. We hope to be opening this section soon, so keep an eye open…

    (4) New Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff – start making money growing your own energy…*

    From April 1st this year the new renewable energy feed-in tariffs (known as Clean Energy Cashback) start to apply. This means that if you fit solar electric panels (PV), wind turbine, micro Combined Heat & Power (CHP), an anaerobic digester or a micro-hydroelectric generator, you will be guaranteed 10-41p (depending upon the technology) per unit you generate for the next 10-25 years, even if you use it all yourself! And for anything you don’t use, you’ll get another 3p per unit as it feeds back to the grid.

    You can also backdate any equipment installed after 15 July 2009, to receive the same money, but anything installed before that date, will have to be registered with the new scheme to continue receiving support at the same level as the old (RO) – about 9p/kWh.

    Public buildings and business premises are also eligible for this scheme. To find out more check out EST site on http://tinyurl.com/yg2azqg or the RegenSW site at http://www.regensw.co.uk/downloads/RegenSW_424.doc

    Also currently in consultation stage, but due to be in place by April 1st 2011, The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will provide a tariff for other technologies that do not generate electricity, but replace fossil-fuel based heating systems, such as solar water heating and biomass systems. This looks like it will provide around 18p per unit for Solar thermal and between 5 & 9p per unit for other technologies including ‘renewable solid biomass’ and ground/air source heat pumps.

    To find out more check out the RegenSW site at http://www.regensw.co.uk/downloads/RegenSW_425.doc

    Get in touch if you would be interested in attending a briefing on the ins-and-outs of the new legislation…

    (5) DARE – Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Transformation Trail 26th Feb *

    Join the Devon Association for Renewable Energy for a tour of sites across the Greater Dartmoor area that have harnessed the power of the sun to generate clean, green electricity. The day will consist of visiting four photovoltaic arrays of differing scales, situations and applications. With the introduction of Feed in Tariffs there may be no better time to investigate installing photovoltaic panels and generating renewable electricity.

    This tour will be lead by a DARE technical officer and each delegate will receive an information pack brimming with case studies, factsheets and data. The delegates will be transported by minibus to each site and will be able to ask the site owners questions about their technologies discovering the process from inspiration through to installation.

    Community representative (£5 pp), individual (£10pp) & business representative (£20pp). The cost includes transport and lunch.

    Please contact DARE by telephone 01837 89200 or email mail@devondare.org if you are interested in attending or go to www.devondare.org

    (6) Transition Tree Planting *

    Pam Macdonald (involved with BTT, Ashburton Futures/Transition Ashburton & Transition Totnes), invites everyone to join in planting trees at Higher Druid, Ashburton on sat/sun 20/21st February from 10am-4pm. They have 4000 trees to plant by the end of March, and need help to get them planted.

    Higher Druid is 22 beautiful acres of land above Ashburton consisting of 7 acres of mature mainly beech wood, 10 acres being planted to new native woodland under the Forestry Commission Woodland Creation Grant Scheme and 3 smaller fields that will be planted with a mixture of coppice and standard and woody shrubs for the future harvest of timber, fuel and non-timber forest products.

    The aim of this small-scale forestry enterprise is to revitalise the local production of traditional forest products, raw materials and rural crafts by increasing the biodiversity of the woodland to create future benefits and resilience for the local community.

    Contact Pam on 01364 642893/07973412681 naturaldecorating@phonecoop.coop if you can help out.

    * CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSED BY BUCK THE TREND BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS OF THE GROUP