In 2009, the village of Elham installed a ground source heat pump on their village hall which has contributed to a considerable reduction in running costs.

This initiative has spawned an environment group and further enterprise in the village. The people who organised the development on the village hall have also organised information sessions on energy and green issues. In 2011, when Elham was voted Kent Village of the Year, a group of villagers grouped together to secure a substantial discount on solar panels for their homes.

In Wye we have a number of community buildings which could be used to generate power and heat. And many villagers are also collecting their food waste which could generate electricity for about 100 houses using a 100 KW Anaerobic Digester System. (This would cost around £540,000 and generate annual revenue of £83,450 – resulting in a payback period of 6.5 years.*)                                         

* Information from the Carbon Free Group.

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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