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Bgc Press Introduction Pack

  1. 2. What is the Big Green Challenge?? <ul><li>UK’s biggest ever Climate Change competition </li></ul><ul><li>A 1 year competition in which communities attempt to reduce their carbon emissions by up to 60%. </li></ul><ul><li>The Challenge has a £1 million prize fund </li></ul>
  2. 3. We have made it into the Final We are 1 of 10 UK Communities competing for the £1 million prize
  3. 4. What is The Green Valleys Project?? <ul><li>A community led initiative to mitigate the effects of Climate Change and Peak Oil </li></ul><ul><li>Communities, businesses and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority are working together to drive down Carbon emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Actively seeking out ways to generate income from a low carbon economy </li></ul><ul><li>A self financing system that uses money generated from electricity sales to pay for further installations </li></ul><ul><li>Developing local skills that can ‘seed’ similar initiatives throughout the UK </li></ul>
  4. 5. The Green Valleys Initiative <ul><li>11 community groups have been set up with another 7 groups being developed </li></ul><ul><li>Some groups have over 100 members </li></ul><ul><li>Homes and businesses are being carbon audited - some have reduced their carbon footprint by 80% </li></ul><ul><li>Planning a sustainable future for each community from the bottom up. </li></ul><ul><li>Website with blogs, videos, events and advice is set up </li></ul>
  5. 6. Community & Collective Energy Generation <ul><li>Hydro Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Low & High Head Schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Solar </li></ul><ul><li>Thermal & Photovoltaic </li></ul><ul><li>Anaerobic Digestion </li></ul><ul><li>Community, Commercial & Joint Schemes being considered. </li></ul><ul><li>Heat Pumps </li></ul><ul><li>Wind Turbines </li></ul>
  6. 7. Hydro <ul><li>AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF STARTING AND ARE ALREADY DELIVERING </li></ul><ul><li>THE FUTURE IS AN EXCITING ONE </li></ul><ul><li>All kW examples are based on the national average consumption in the average home </li></ul>
  7. 8. Hydro Generation <ul><li>In 2008 13 Hydro schemes were installed across Britain of </li></ul><ul><li>which 6 were within the Brecon Beacons National Park/The </li></ul><ul><li>Green Valleys Area </li></ul><ul><li>The Green Valleys are presently doing feasibility studies </li></ul><ul><li>and developing project plans for 92 hydro installations </li></ul><ul><li>(capacity to deliver 15% of our regions power). All </li></ul><ul><li>installations will be locally owned and a percentage of </li></ul><ul><li>profits will flow back into the financing of more </li></ul><ul><li>community owned installations </li></ul>
  8. 9. Talybont Community Hydro 34kW - Installed 2006 <ul><li>Produces power for 70 homes </li></ul>
  9. 10. Llanover 11kW Hydro - Installed Sept 2007 <ul><li>Produces power for 20 homes </li></ul>
  10. 11. Llangynidyr Hydro 3.7kW - Installed Oct 2007 <ul><li>3.3kW </li></ul><ul><li>Produces Power for 6 homes </li></ul>
  11. 12. Cusop Dingle Hydro 8kW- March 2009 <ul><li>Will produce power for 15 homes. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Abercraf 12.7 kW Hydro - Installed July 2008 <ul><li>Produces power for 25 homes </li></ul>
  13. 14. Abercraf Hydro 3.5 kW - Installed Aug 2008 <ul><li>3.3kW </li></ul><ul><li>Produces power for 6 homes </li></ul>
  14. 15. Llyn y Fan Fach Hydro 9kW – Installed Sept 2008 <ul><li>Produces power for 15 homes. Has capacity to power 90 homes. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Retro-fitting Reservoirs <ul><li>Reservoirs: </li></ul><ul><li>9 decommissioned hydro reservoirs are unused in our locality </li></ul><ul><li>They have the capability to power = 900 homes (8% of Brecon Beacons) </li></ul><ul><li>Grwyney Fawr, Crai and Trecastle Groups are in discussions with Welsh Water to develop these as community hydros– but we need political support! </li></ul>
  16. 17. Dyffryn Crawnon <ul><li>Reservoirs: </li></ul><ul><li>3.7kW hydro was installed in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>17 kW Community owned Hydro is to be built summer 2009 and will generate 190% of the electrical need for the valley and reduce the entire communities carbon emissions by 42% </li></ul><ul><li>5 other streams have been surveyed in the valley with a combined potential for 33kW of power. </li></ul><ul><li>It will cost us £150K to do ALL of this, but the annual return will be £45K per annum. This is a 94% reduction in carbon emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Dyffryn Crawnon CAN become the UKs first Carbon Negative Community and we will replicate throughout The Green Valleys and rural UK. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Key stories that need to be told… <ul><li>Only one of our 10 hydros completed in the last 3 years has qualified for the UK government grants. This is because we use each installation as a training opportunity for local people and build them ourselves. We have, however, now developed a capable and knowledgeable local workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Completed schemes can cost less than many other hydro schemes initial feasibility studies! We do all feasibility studies ourselves through trained local volunteers. Payback can be in as little as two years. </li></ul><ul><li>In Two years we have installed the electrical capacity for 1.5% of our regions homes. All money is retained within the local community. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Present Situation <ul><li>Reservoirs: </li></ul><ul><li>New members are joining every day </li></ul><ul><li>New financial groups are being explored including Community Interest Companies (30+ viable schemes) </li></ul><ul><li>Sir David King said “This is a locally based initiative that has the advantage of reaching segments of the population that top-down initiatives often can’t.” </li></ul>
  19. 20. View our Website <ul><li>Our website has been live for a couple of weeks </li></ul><ul><li>and is designed for the communities to </li></ul><ul><li>communicate with each other, sharing ideas and a </li></ul><ul><li>portal for gaining new members into The Green </li></ul><ul><li>Valleys and to inspire communities all around the </li></ul><ul><li>the United Kingdom. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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  21. 22. Want To Know More <ul><li>Please Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Butterfield at The Green Valleys </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 07968 671 257 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Address: 2 Canal Close, Llangattock, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1LZ </li></ul><ul><li>The copyright for all images in “The Green Valleys Introduction Pack” are owned by Mike Goldwater </li></ul>