Renewable energy meeting

Glyndebourne wind turbine - l-r Simon Baillie-Hamilton, Kevin Powell, Andrew Samuel, Gus Christie
Glyndebourne wind turbine - l-r Simon Baillie-Hamilton, Kevin Powell, Andrew Samuel, Gus Christie
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A group of local businesses keen to provide a forum to share advice, experience and knowledge about energy use and the role of renewables held a meeting on Wednesday (October 2).

The meeting followed the reaction by energy companies to Ed Milliband’s proposal for a cap on energy prices , energy shortages, and the freeze on energy tax.

Southern Renewable Energy Forum (SREF) was recently set up by Samuel & Son surveyors, Mayo Wynne Baxter solicitors and Knill James accountants. The meeting was hosted at Glyndebourne Opera House by Gus Christie, executive chairman of Glyndebourne.

Mr Christie provided an update on how his initially controversial wind turbine supplies up to 90 per cent of the electricity used at the opera house. The other keynote speaker was David Rolton of the Rolton Group, who is an independent consultant advising businesses across the UK and further afield on delivering renewable energy schemes. Mr Rolton said landowners and businesses can make the best use of their available resources. Each situation is unique and different technologies or a mixture of them may be suitable for different sites. He said that any renewable scheme should be driven by the consumer’s needs.

Representatives from Samuel & Son, Mayo Wynne Baxter and Knill James were also on hand to provide practical tax and legal advice to delegates.

The next meeting of SREF is to be held at the Chiddinglye Estate. The main topic for discussion will be the use of solid fuel in heat and energy generation. Visit: http://sreforum.co.uk/