St David’s Eco Car Club
St Davids Eco City Group started a car club – the five seater Nissan Leaf is on lease from Cilgwyn community car club. The Leaf is all electric and has a solar panel on the roof to contribute to the power. It can be charged from a domestic plug with an official range of about 100 miles per charge. Fast charging is already available in places like Haverfordwest and is expected to be installed shortly in other towns and routes locally.
The Electric Car Club allows a community full use of a car, making top quality green cars affordable. As car ownership and driving costs go up, car clubs and electricity as a fuel will come into their own in future. This electric car club is the second in Wales and the third in the UK.
The Leaf lives in TYF Adventure’s car park, in the centre of St Davids, where a charge point will shortly be installed. Joining the car club costs £25 per year, with a £1 charge per hour plus 10p per mile.
70-100 miles on full charge (depending on how your drive/ and how many hills!)
Charge points are available in St Davids (TYF), Haverfordwest (multi storey – free with card- supplied), Carmarthen (Bro Myrddin council site during office hours). Many more being installed now.
You can also charge at any normal home socket, with cable supplied.
For all details on joining, costs and other issues contact them directly- see facebook.com/ecocitygroup or ask Andy Dixon, Keeley Rose or Jetske Germing firstname.lastname@example.org
Food for Your Future
A new way of getting fresh, local food…
FlintShare CSA was started, in 2010, by a group of people who wanted local food produced in a cost effective and sustainable way. We recognise that the days of cheap imports are numbered (perhaps thankfully) and ways of producing more food locally and ‘gently on the land’ must be found. FlintShare members now get fresh, local food, the opportunity to be ‘hands on’ and there’s more in the pipeline. We grow veg on all the sites and members exercise control over how their food is produced and how the land is looked after in the process.
All members can have the veg whether they help to grow it or not. We each pay an annual membership (£24). Veg accounts are optional and we start with £25 cash and can then ‘top up’ with either labour or money. This means that those who can spend time on growing (or admin) may never pay more money in but those who can’t contribute financially. We need both sorts! Prices are set pretty low. All members can access produce from any of the sites so there is a good range available.
All of us are volunteers and we each give the skills and time we feel we can. This varies from none at all to many hours a week! We don’t have all the answers, and may not be a ‘slick’ operation, but have lots of fun and some lovely, organically grown veg. Anyone can join and find their own level of involvement – there are so many ways to help out, we always struggle for enough hours in the day.
People are at the centre of FlintShare and they are always inspiring! It’s wonderful to connect with like-minded people – come and share celebrations, workshops and events as well as the veg. The food is always good!
In 2013 we hope to create a job for a grower to produce on a larger area for us but with our help. We will be offering 20 regular veg shares.
To find out more about us please visit our website.
Wheelrights Swansea Cycle Challenge
Wheelrights are a cycle campaign group covering the Swansea Bay Area, and aim to:
1.To encourage and assist potential cyclists to take up cycling and thereby prepare them for using a bike as a means of transportation.
2.To campaign for better provision for cyclists in the Swansea Bay area.
3.To provide information about cycling related activities.
They recently worked in partnership with CTC, Environment Wales and Challenge for Change to develop the Swansea Cycle Challenge.
Everyone can be very proud of the stats that were produced during the Challenge. These include:
• 46% of participants being non-cyclists before the Challenge. National average in other challenges is 31%
• 90 organisations took part in the challenge.
• Participants covered 49,379 miles
• Participants burnt off 437 pounds of fat
• Participants saved over 6 tonnes of CO2
• Saving enough CO2 to cover 33 return flights from Swansea to Paris
A number of organisations took part in the challenge, ranging from Admiral and Swansea University to the Environment Agency and Countryside Council for Wales to HSBC and Fujitsu. In the end, Admiral won the 500+ category with other winning organisations including the Environment Agency, Countryside Council for Wales, Singleton Estates and various other departments.
A number of events took place to support organisations such as try-a-bike, led bike rides and bike mechanic visits. These were incredibly successful in securing further promotion of the Challenge, Wheelrights and the Gower Cycling Festival.
As mentioned above, 46% of participants in the Challenge were non-cyclists prior to the Challenge. This is such a massive result for Swansea as the national Challenge average is 31%. This has enabled cycling to reach a new audience within workplaces and create a cycling environment within a number of businesses. Various partners will continue working with these businesses to ensure this big momentum can be continued.
We received a number of positive responses to the Challenge results from participants, some happy for completing a trip every day, to some relieved that they managed to cycle home up a big hill by the end of the Challenge.
Selections of stories are below:
“After 2 weeks of what felt like endless rain, my ride in to work this morning was positively idyllic. Sweeping onto the seafront trail my ‘moment of zen’ lasted almost to the pier before I reluctantly turned around and made my way towards town”
“I am a regular cyclist but I have noticed that this challenge has had a hugely positive impact in encouraging a number of colleagues to cycle to work and in their leisure”
“Thank you Swansea Cycle Challenge, this scheme really improved my wellbeing – I’m the fittest I’ve ever been and I’m really enjoying it”
“With the Cycle Challenge being on, it allowed me to push the boundaries of what I can do and be proud of my achievements, and continue to push even after the event”
There have been countless e-mails from particpants…thanking us for putting the Challenge on as it has re-energised them to get back on their bikes, realise how much fun cycling can be and how much money they save by cycling to work more often.
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YnNi Padarn Peris, Llanberis – Hydro & Solar PV
YnNi Padarn Peris is a new group (incorporated in 2014) with big ambitions for the Padarn Peris area. They beneﬁt from the support of the National Trust and there is a lot of renewable energy experience within the group.
Several projects are already underway, including:
1. A plan to put 10kW of solar PV array on top of the medical clinic in Llanberis. YnNi Padarn Peris have an agreement with the clinic that they will receive free electricity from the solar panels, whilst the community group will receive the income from the Feed In Tariff (FIT) to help fund work on other projects. This is an ideal arrangement because the vast majority of the clinicʼs electricity is used in the day whilst the PV panels will be generating. The project will be part funded by a grant from First Hydro and will be installed at cost price by Carbon Zero Renewables. At current rates 10KW of PV should generate FIT income of about £1,200 per year.
2. A hydro scheme on the Afon Goch. The group have signed agreements to develop this resource in partnership with the relevant landowners, have done basic feasibility work and are in the process of applying for funds from Ynniʼr Fro (the Welsh Governmentʼs community energy support programme) to fund a full feasibility study. The feasibility study will inform YnNI Padarn Peris of how much electricity the stream could generate and whether the hydro scheme is likely to get planning permission. If it looks doable it is possible that the capital costs of the project could be funded through a community share offer, enabling local people to invest in the project in return for annual interest payments.
3. Several other scoping studies have been conducted on a range on potential hydro schemes ranging from 15kW to 400kW.
YnNi Padarn Peris are receiving support from Ynniʼr Fro, Gwynedd Werdd, Renew Wales and the National Trust.
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