I’m a fan of Demand Energy Equality’s work and I just got this email summary from them which I hope they won’t mind me sharing with you as it’s full of all sorts of interesting and useful stuff.
Much has changed since the last time we bombarded your inbox back in December. We’ve got a new hand on deck, a shiny new solar trailer and a busy summer calendar.
Sadly, we’ve also had to close our beloved Bristol workshop (blame George Osborne – and where is he now eh?). But all is not lost! As someone might have said more than once recently, in every crisis lies opportunity.
Well, we haven’t been twiddling our thumbs since then – and the solar trailer is now ready to start sucking up those summer rays (those famous British summer rays…) at community events, festivals, country shows or any outdoor event that wants to swap a diesel generator for a cleaner community energy alternative. And of course it’s an attraction and educational tool in itself!
- Stores over 10kWh of solar energy
- Comes with a 1kW solar array
- Continuous power output of 3kW
- Displays all system activity with using an intuitive and easily accessible visual display.
- Uploads all energy data to an online portal in real time, allowing anyone to access and monitor the trailer’s performance.
In March this year our longstanding partnership with the Bristol Drugs Project, with whom we built the Energy Tree in Bristol this time last year, came to an end. Although they really wanted to continue working with us George Osborne’s axe finally fell, with their budgets being cut by up to 40%.
Despite this meaning we had to close our beloved Bristol workshop in the Old Library, we weren’t giving up that easily. Instead we were able to successfully apply for £10,000 from the Bristol Community Energy Fund to continue our work with marginalised groups in the city. As part of that funding package we’ll restart our work with BDP, picking up the work where we left off until the end of 2016.
We’re also exploring other opportunities to run DIY solar and practical energy workshops with other equalities-led groups in Bristol. If that sounds like you, or someone you know, get in touch!
Sticking in Bristol, we’re pleased to announce that our Energy Tree will be staying in Millennium Square for the forseeable future. After lots of positive feedback and support from project partners, local councilors and other stakeholders it has been agreed that the Energy Tree will remain part of the At-Bristol estate. So, if you haven’t seen it yet…
Both Max and Dan continue to work on DEE, supporting Ian 2 days a month.
- DIY Solar public workshops (London): July 23rd, August 20th, September 24th
- Intro to Off Grid public workshops (London): July 24th, August 21st, September 25th
- Lewisham People’s Day – July 9th
- Smuggler’s Trail, Stroud – July 10th
- Bristol Drugs Project workshops – July 14th & 21st
- At-Bristol schools workshop – July 20th
- Off Grid Festival, Exeter – Aug 12th to 14th
- Shambala Festival – Aug 26th to 28th