North Dorset Eco Homes Event

15 - 17 May 2015

Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna

Energy-saving improvements

  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change

Location

Springhead, Mill Street
Fontmell Magna
Shaftesbury
Dorset
SP7 0NU

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Opening times

15 - 17 May 2015
The Springhead Trust is showing off its new Community owned Ground Mounted Solar PV system. The Trust is not open Saturday or Sunday however it will be on Friday 16th at 2pm.

Please ring Kathryn on 01258 484372 to book.

This event has now finished.

Book ahead Open Friday NOT Saturday or Sunday

The Springhead Trust was set up in memory of Rolf Gardiner. As a founder member of the Soil Association and pioneer ecologist he was a passionate believer in rural Sustainability. The trust provides day and residential courses for young people and also community events and activities. The very origin of the site is linked to renewable energy as it was a water powered mill and later had a hydro-electric turbine. It has its own reed bed sewage system and draws water from the natural spring that gives the place its name.
A 20kW ground mounted PV system is now in place provided through the Energize Stur Valley Industrial and Provident Society and installed by local firm Ace Energy.
It is hoped to replace the old non-functional hydro turbine with a modern replacement again with community involvement and investment. The very reliable output from the spring makes this an ideal place for micro hydro-power and the 24 hours a day output should complement the much higher power but intermittent output of the PV to make Springhead completely self-sufficient in electricity and a valuable supplier of the day-time needs of surrounding homes.
An industrial and provident society (IPS) is a legal entity for a trading business or voluntary organisation. Recent UK legal developments include the Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2003. Many IPS set ups have occurred to facilitate community renewable energy projects. Energize Stur Valley IPS was set up to develop renewable energy projects for the community in North Dorset and surrounding areas. It is looking to project manage the installation of PV, hydro, wind and wood heat and raise share issues so that individuals local to the project can invest, receive proportionate returns and enable a project to proceed without commercial investment. This ensures more benefit stays in the local community.

Location

Springhead, Mill Street
Fontmell Magna
Shaftesbury
Dorset
SP7 0NU

View on map

Opening times

15 - 17 May 2015
The Springhead Trust is showing off its new Community owned Ground Mounted Solar PV system. The Trust is not open Saturday or Sunday however it will be on Friday 16th at 2pm.

Please ring Kathryn on 01258 484372 to book.

This event has now finished.

Book ahead Open Friday NOT Saturday or Sunday

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