Energetic exchange of ideas at conference in Lewes

Community Energy Conference in Lewes
Community Energy Conference in Lewes

An energy conference organised by Community Energy South took place in Lewes on Friday September 19 at the Linklater Pavilion.

During the day there were talks from local community energy providers and Lewes MP Norman Baker chaired a debate with speakers about the importance of community energy in Lewes District and Sussex.

Community energy conference in Lewes.

Community energy conference in Lewes.

Community energy is about local providers creating their own energy, so they do not need to be reliant on national providers, for instance by using solar power.

Mr Baker, who said he was delighted to take part, said: “The Lewes Community Energy Conference is an opportunity for communities to come together and discover the development of local power networks.

“It is often communities and local interest which is leading on some of the most innovative community energy projects.

“To be able to bring together schools, local energy champions and communities which are interested in making a difference is a great way of learning and supporting the development of more locally led renewable energy initiatives as well as developing relationships between groups, business and people to help get some of these projects started. “

Amongst the groups speaking at the meeting were the Barcombe Energy Group, Cuckmere Valley Solar and HKD Energy.

The event was introduced and hosted by community energy group Ovesco.

Eco students from Ringmer Community College introduced their work and there were presentations from Priory and Chailey Schools.

East Sussex County Councillor Rosalyn St. Pierre, who chaired the last debate of the agenda said: “The seminar on ‘Powering our communities’ gave insight to the enormous potential that comes from local initiatives to produce power through sustainable energy.The presentations were at the cutting edge of schemes that benefit local communities by decreasing or eliminating the need for fossil fuels and provide a financial return.

“I will be talking to the administration and officers at East Sussex County Council to see what extra support can be provided for local projects.”