Appeal for Welsh Schools to go Solar #YouthStrike4Climate

Egni Coop is supporting the #YouthStrike4Climate direct action today. But also sending out an appeal for schools to join coop efforts to install solar on their buildings. Rosie Gillam, who is leading the project said “So far, we’re working with over 90 community organisations and businesses across Wales on over 1MW of solar, but no schools are involved. We would love to engage with schools and find young people are so supportive of renewable energy.

But we think local authorities need to use the Future Generations Act to imagine a different Wales and focus on climate change. We are keen to work with local authorities and Welsh Government to consider how best to deal with issues such as procurement and leases – these should not be allowed to prevent action on climate change and we’re confident practical solutions can be found. We want to work with enthusiastic and determined people to achieve this.”

Mural by Sioned Haf

Rosie added “A key advantage of coops is that they can work with schools and pre-register for the Feed in Tariff – this maintains the current rate for a year which makes solar much more affordable. In the current financial climate, it’s going to be very hard for schools to install solar other than working with a co-op. Coops can bring so many other advantages too. But the deadline is the end of March so if any school is interested, they should contact us asap – rosie@awel.coop or via www.egni.coop

Dan McCallum, one of Egni Co-op Directors, who won an MBE for services to community energy in Wales last year, said “We know its possible for coops to install solar on school – we put 50kw on Ysgol y Bedol in 2015. It’s so disappointing that no schools have joined us so far – we are very excited to join the first school up! It would be a brilliant way to take tangible action on climate change, raise awareness and engage lots of people in the school community. We hope to work with all levels of the education system – children taking part in the #Youth-Strike4Climate direct action, headteachers and local authority leaders.

Egni South Wales Solar Photovoltaic Coop header logo

Further information

Egni Co-op, an award-winning Welsh solar pv co-op, is seeking to use roofs in Wales to generate clean energy. Egni is looking for buildings such as community centres, businesses and schools who’ve got an interest in reducing their bills and helping tackle climate change. It was set up by Awel Aman Tawe, a Welsh community energy charity.

The Feed in Tariff ends on 31st March but as a co-op we can register a site and fix the Feed in Tariff for a year, which gives us time to raise money using community shares.

Egni has already installed 179kw of solar on seven sites which have been running well for three years. Our existing sites include Ysgol y Bedol in Garnant, Dove Workshops in Banwen, Glynneath Training Centre, the Phoenix Centre in Swansea and Trimsaran Leisure Centre. We’re also part of the same team which developed the Awel Co-op community wind farm above Pontardawe – this was recognised as the best community energy project in England and Wales and raised over £3m from a co-op share offer.

Support Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on the 15th of February!

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is taking place on the 15th February. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of a problem that affects 1 in 3 households in Wales. As such National Energy Action will be working with MPs, local authorities and other organisations to raise awareness of support available for those in fuel poverty.

How can you support?

• You can support this cause by using the hashtags #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay and #WarmSafeHomes on social media.
• Read NEA’s Warm and Safe Homes Action guide available here and disseminate to anybody in your area who may find it useful.
• Add a Twibbon to your social media to show your support. You can do this here.
• NEA have produced several videos on a range of topics with guidance to help. These can be found below.

o How do I know if I’m in fuel poverty
o Paying for energy
o Maximising income
o How to make my home warmer
o How to switch supplier
o How to stay safe at home

Fuel Poverty affects so many people within our communities and so we’d really appreciate your help in raising awareness of the support available.

#FuelPovertyAwarenessDay #WarmSafeHomes

Egni Co-op looking for new roofs for solar!

Egni Co-op, an award-winning Welsh solar pv co-op, is seeking to use roofs in Wales to generate clean energy. Egni is looking for buildings such as community centres, businesses and schools who’ve got an interest in reducing their bills and helping tackle climate change.

The Feed in Tariff ends on 31st March but as a co-op we can register a site and fix the Feed in Tariff for a year, which gives us time to raise money using community shares. The response from the communities we’ve visited has been fantastic, we’re working with over 40 community groups and businesses at nearly 40 sites, pre-registering over 1 MW of solar so far!


It really helps that Egni has already installed 179kw of solar on seven sites which have been running well for three years. Our existing sites include Ysgol y Bedol in Garnant, Dove Workshops in Banwen, Glynneath Training Centre, the Phoenix Centre in Swansea and Trimsaran Leisure Centre. We’re also part of the same team which developed the Awel Co-op community wind farm above Pontardawe – this was recognised as the best community energy project in England and Wales and raised over £3m from a co-op share offer.


Everyone recognises the impact of climate change and this an opportunity to do something positive whilst engaging people in Wales in a co-op. Also, if people want to know about the forthcoming the share offer, they can join our mailing list on www.egni.coop.


Time is running out so if you are interested in having solar on your roof (including leased buildings), please email rosie@awel.coop or phone 07938 377374.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone!

We’d like to thank our partners for being part of Egni’s new rooftop PV project so far. Share Offer to be undertaken 2019.

  • With the help of 25 host organisations we have pre-registered well over 1 Megawatt of solar PV across South Wales!
  • A Megawatt of installed solar will save about 260 tonnes of CO2 every year
  • The host sites will save over £15,000 on their bills every year

We’ll be registering lots more sites in the run up to the end of the FiT in April. If you’d like to be part of the project get in touch.

Best regards,

Rosie, Dan, Kevin and all at Egni

 

 

 

 

Egni’s Solar Panel Launch

Fwy na 2 MW o Egni

Gellir gweld yr holl ddata o’r paneli ar wefan y gall bob un ohonoch ei chyrchu a mewngofnodi iddi gyda’r manylion isod:

https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com

E-bost: egnicoop@gmail.com

Cyfrinair: egni2013

Gallwch edrych ar y gwahanol adeiladau trwy glicio ar y bar llwyd ar y top ble mae’n dweud ‘Signed in as Egni Coop’. Yna gallwch glicio ar y gwahanol safleoedd.

Rydym yn gobeithio cyfieithu’r wefan i’r Gymraeg gydag amser. Mae ar gael yn Saesneg, Ffrangeg ac Eidaleg ar hyn o bryd.

Egni passes 2 megawatt hours

3 sites at Glynneath Training Centre (21kw), Dove Workshop (14.25kw) and Awel Aman Tawe (4kw) have been installed. All sites are working well and as of now, have generated a total of 2,440kwh. All generation data availalbe on:

https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com

Email: egnicoop@gmail.com

Password: egni2013

Various settings to get daily or monthly outputs.

You can look at the different buildings by clicking on the top grey bar where it says ‘Signed in as Egni Coop’.