Green connection for French visitors
- Credit: Paul Rogers
Ilfracombe based 361 Energy shows European visitors around North Devon’s green hot spots.
FRENCH visitors have enjoyed a ‘Green Safari’ across renewable energy sites in North Devon to mark the first anniversary of the 361 Energy project.
The community based group has spent the past year working with schools and people locally to help reduce energy and carbon emissions.
It is a partner in a European project called SEACS, which includes groups from Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire and Brittany, so a number of French visitors joined local members to find out more about this region’s efforts to go green.
A busy itinerary devised by Tim Cox of 361 Energy saw the group visit llfracombe Junior School, which helped launch the project and also has a solar array on its roof.
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The group has already worked with the school and Caen School in Braunton to support 40 local households in reducing gas and electricity consumption.
Then it was off to Philip Dennis Foodservice at Mullacott to see the company’s wind turbine, that can operate at lower wind speeds, before moving on to Fullabrook Wind Farm and a guided tour by owners ESB.
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Renewable installations at Calvert Trust Exmoor followed, before a visit to Glen Lyn Gorge at Lynmouth, site of one of the earliest hydroelectric power stations that opened in 1890 and made Lynmouth one of the first places in the country to enjoy electric street lights.
Some of the group also visited a nearby farm and were shown around by Ben Eardley of Exmoor National Park. They were able to see a much smaller Proven 6kW wind turbine along with a 90kW wood chip biomass boiler.
“We headed back to Ilfracombe later than planned, but after an informative and enjoyable day out,” said Tim.
“We would like to thank all those who helped with the site visits, Ilfracombe Junior School, our drivers and Devon County Council.”
Later this year 361 Energy is developing further events and projects, including 361 Empower, offering advice on energy saving and sources of funding to improve the energy efficiency, as well as 361 Green Doors on September 14/15, where the public can visit local homes which have energy saving and renewable technologies installed. To find out more, visit www.361energy.org.