Community Owned Solar Power in Marlow

On Tuesday the 5th of April, in the Main Hall of Marlow Community Association’s Liston Hall Complex, Marlow Energy Group (MEG) organised a meeting to launch their new project. MEG introduced themselves to the audience and then asked their partners, RINA and BHESCO (Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop), to speak about the feasibility of a Solar Farm being located in an 8.4 hectare field bordered by Gossmore Lane, the A404, Riverpark Drive and the River Thames; please see explanatory leaflet. This was an open meeting and gave everyone attending the ability to ask questions. Please view the Notes from the meeting and a YouTube video of the meeting (although the quality of this laptop/Zoom recording is far from perfect).

Thermal Imaging Camera Project

Saving Money and reducing CO2 emissions in Marlow by identifying and combatting Heat Loss

Over a couple of weekends in late September 2020 a group of MEG volunteers delivered around 1,000 BHBH (Better Housing, Better Health) leaflets and MEG leaflets to areas in Marlow identified as those more likely to be in fuel poverty.

In late 2021 MEG purchased a Thermal Imaging Camera to further identify houses that may have poor insulation. Any surveys conducted will be done, of course, with the householders’ permissions, and are FREE. We intend to publicise this service through our website, social media platforms and by handing out leaflets in Marlow. People who sign up for this service will have their houses thermally photographed, so that they can see where they may be losing heat.

To have your house surveyed, please fill in the ‘booking in questionnaire’, below, and email it to us at marlowenergygroup@gmail.com, so that we can arrange a convenient day and time to do the survey.

Once your house is surveyed, we will email a report to you, containing photographic evidence, which will identify any areas of heat loss. We will also give householders a list of organisations, which will give general information on insulation, and who can advise on heat loss solutions. A secondary document will list those organisations that may offer grants to improve insulation and/or to install sustainable energy generation equipment.

Open Houses

When Covid recedes enough, we will be publicising that we have half a dozen members who are willing to invite Marlow residents into their homes, to see what can be done relatively easily, to reduce carbon emissions in an average Marlow house.

These visits will be arranged through appointment. So, if interested, please email us at marlowenergygroup@gmail.com and we will liaise with you to visit your closest ‘Green’ house.

Talks to Marlow Organisations

Although we have had ten ‘Ask the Experts’ talks on Zoom (see ‘Events’) and two talks on COP26, as Covid hopefully recedes, we will be conducting talks on how to reduce carbon emissions to organisations in Marlow.

We gave a talk to the marlow Common to members of the WI in January 2022 and hope to give talks to other organisations and to our local schools throughout the year.

Please email us at marlowenergygroup@gmail.com if your group would like us to talk to your members.

Saving Marlow & the planet from the climate crisis

Early in 2021, Marlow Energy Group, along with a Solar Panel supplier, IDDEA, used Zoom to promote a very competitive Solar Panel offer of 12 Solar Panels costing £4000!

Since then, thirteen Marlow householders have signed up resulting in a huge annual saving of 10.0 tonnes of CO2 per year.

This exciting venture was supported by Marlow Town Council’s ‘Sustainable Marlow’ campaign and by many local groups.

Marlow home owners are still being offered a highly competitive rate of £4000 to have 12 Photo-Voltaic (PV) panels installed, subject to a successful free survey.

The system being offered is for a 4kWp array and will not only save the householder money, but will also save nearly 1.0 tonnes of CO2 each year.

All other aspects such as financial savings, battery storage, extra panel costs, etc., were covered during the Zoom get-together.

At the Zoom meeting, 43 people attended the presentation, but for those who missed it, this 55 minute event it is now available on YouTube. To view it, either visit the MEG website -

www.marlowenerygroup.com, or use the following link https://youtu.be/y2POpc370hU

If interested in this offer, either visit www.solarstreet.co.uk, or email IDDEA at

info@iddea.co.uk, with your address and contact details and you will be offered a ‘free’ survey.

For more information and enquiries, please email Marlow Energy Group at

marlowenergygroup@gmail.com

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