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GRC saves £1500 in first year of solar panels

The Gloucestershire Resource Centre (GRC) has saved over £1,500 in the last year on its electricity bills. In December 2011 186 solar photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof of the City Works building in Alfred Street, Gloucester, which is owned by the GRC. The installation was organised by the Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-operative. The […]

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Our solar panels generated enough energy in one day to lift an African elephant into the stratosphere

The recent sunny weather has boosted generation of electricity from the solar panels on the roof of the Gloucestershire Resource Centre. The double whammy of long summer days and brilliant sunshine has created the perfect conditions for the solar panels. On Tuesday 9th July the panels generated 296kWh of electricity. This is enough to raise […]

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April to June 2013 – How are we doing?

The longer days are here and the solar panels are exceeding expectations.  For this quarter (April to June) we have outperformed our generation of last year, and are comfortably above the predicted generation amounts.  Perfect. Here are the numbers: And for those graph lovers out there, here are a couple more… 1. Daily average output […]

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Our story so far

As we recently celebrated our first payout to members, we thought it was a good time to reflect back on how far we have come. You can read our story below. We want to keep that momentum going, and are currently investigating ideas for new projects to support. If you have any suggestions, please do […]

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Happy Birthday to us! Press release celebrating our successful first year

Award winning Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-op’s 1st birthday is celebrated by members 23rd May 2013 Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-operative which formed in 2012 is celebrating its first dividend payout to members. Investors have received a 5% return, a far better investment today than a savings account and with the added environmental benefit – it certainly […]

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Be inspired with Cheltenham Green Doors – 22nd & 23rd June

Would you like inspiration on how to green your home? Cheltenham Connect, Vision 21 for Gloucestershire and Transition Towns Cheltenham have come together as Cheltenham Green Doors to organise a third open homes event. Fifteen homes, gardens and community properties across Cheltenham will be opened to the public over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd […]

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January to March 2013 – How are we doing?

What a difference a year makes. Last March our panels outperformed all expectations by generating 149% of their expected electricity, and this year they have been at 89%. However, that is still a none too shabby daily average of nearly 86kWh for March this year, compared to January’s 37kWh, so the longer days really do […]

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Energy we can all afford?

Our own Kevin Frea spoke at the ‘Energy we can all afford?’ meeting, alongside Martin Horwood MP (Cheltenham), and Liz Hutchins from Friends of the Earth. This was one of a series of public meetings with MPs taking place around the country. They are being supported nationally by the Energy Bill Revolution – an alliance […]

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February 2013 – General Meeting

There was a great turn out for the Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-operative in February. Around two thirds of the members were able to attend, which was important because we needed to vote on motions relating to the structure of the society. All the motions were passed. The meeting then moved into an update of how […]

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Pollarding work underway

We have taken action to ensure that the solar panels are working at their best by pollarding the nearby tree that was shading the edge of the panels. Although the tree was affecting a relatively small section of the overall roof, it can still have a big impact on the output.  This is because the […]

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