Sustainable Energy

Energy Topic Group

The next meeting is Tuesday 17 May 7:00pm.


At this month's meeting we will focus on developing a toolkit for local groups to run energy saving/retrofit events, and discuss further lobbying of Wiltshire Council on energy policies.


There will also be an update on our Green Homes retrofit campaign.

Please register for updates and to take part using the form below.

We normally meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm.

Please feel free to contact Adam, the current topic group lead, on all things energy at .

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Please help us by taking this 3 minute survey about electric vehicles - Click on the LINK to complete the survey

Register to join Energy Topic Group.

Retrofit Experiences


We are starting to gather a list of people with experience of retrofit who are happy to give us local case studies, and if possible to answer questions or talk to people about their experience.


This includes insulation, draughtproofing, heat recovery ventilation and waste water heat recovery from showers, as well as solar panels and heat pumps etc.​​

Local events and souces of advice are listed here - please let us know of other relevant information for this page.

We are also very keen to hear from people with experience as well as people who are thinking about reducing energy use in their homes: more details here.

Solar Farms​ - Urgent Action Needed

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Our July meeting discussed the importance of solar farms, and featured presentations from two speakers on new proposed projects.

A speaker from JBM Solar talked about the Minety proposal.

Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall from Eden Renewables talked about Leigh Delamare and Forest Gate proposals.

Urgent action is needed to secure these proposals - follow this link for details

Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall from Eden Renewables presented Leigh Delamare and Forest Gate proposals to a WCA general meeting, 4-Aug-2021.

Supporting comments are neded on the planning applications to Wiltshire Council: there are simple online forms to fill, see here for details.

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​At the meeting on 16th March we had the pleasure of receiving a superb presentation by Bean Beanland a true Heat Source Pump Evangelist! Here is the link to the slides We recorded the meeting which can be seen on this LINK 

Click on image to access the video

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Community energy groups across England can benefit from a new peer support programme, launched today (22 February 2021). 

Experienced community energy mentors will be matched with existing community energy groups to help them develop their project or business. Up to 4 days of peer mentoring support is available taking place between March and September 2021. 

Full details here:

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Now you can subscribe to an electric car - Interesting Article

You’ve already got a monthly Netflix subscription, and maybe a veg box delivery service. So why wouldn’t you start leasing an electric car on the same month-to-month terms?

A number of firms are now offering this fresh take on driving, effectively giving people a chance to try electric vehicles without the commitment of buying or entering a lengthy leasing agreement.

Read the article Here

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Recording of the talk by SSE - 16th Feb 21

On 16th February Alex from SSE kindly came to our meeting and have a presentation on the work they are doing. It is very interesting. You can view the Zoom on the LINK

And view the slides on this LINK

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This is where you will find lots of very interesting documents under the following headings:

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Here you will find a whole section on electric cars which many of our members find particularly interesting

At the October meeting we were very fortunate to have two excellent talks. The first was by Dr. Nick Murry about Zero Chippenham's Solar PV Preferred supplier scheme. The second was from Pete Capener, CEO of Bath & West Community Energy. The video of Pete's very interesting talk can be seen below.

Notes from previous meetings:

17th November 2020  LINK

16th December 2020  LINK

19th January 2021  LINK

16th Feb 2021  LINK