Our thanks go to Maureen Newrick for the minutes of the November 10th Lyvennet Renewable Energy Ltd Meeting. It was a fairly good turn-out, small but keen and we have a target to aim for getting an Air Source Heat pump system into Maulds Meaburn Village Institute.
Lyvennet Renewable Energy Ltd
Members’ Meeting: 10th November 2010
Members present: Peter Ward, Maureen Newrick, Geoff Whiteford, John Mullen, Mike Archer, David Pelton, Jackie Pelton, Charles Paxton
Apologies: Annie Kindlesides, David Graham, Martin Malone, Adrian and Pat Walker
Community members present: Gordon Bowness, Ron Smith, Adrian Marsh, Gavin Wilkinson, Jane Owen, Hilary Tithecott
Apologies: Sheila Smith, Nick Tithecott, Ged Williamson
All were welcomed to this first meeting of members of LRE.
MN and PW gave a brief history the AD project and development of LRE. PW spoke about current developments with the AD project and the partnership with Centre for Process Innovation/Anaerobic Energy Ltd and how this will benefit the whole community. Attention was drawn to the fact that the overall aim was to help our parish community become sustainable hence the emphasis on renewable energy. LRE could help projects in the villages which were seeking to address ways of reducing the costs of, for example, heating community buildings.
Copies of the LRE Ltd ‘Memorandum and Articles of Association’ were distributed. PW drew people’s attention to the Part 2: Statement of Objects, and Part 4: Members – Becoming and Ceasing to be a Member. The current situation with regard to having appointed four directors of the company was explained: directors would be appointed/re-appointed at the general meeting in March 2011.
Alternative technologies within the community.
As the majority of those attending lived in MM the discussion focussed on Maulds Meaburn Village Institute. Mention was also made of the Methodist Chapel and whether it was feasible to use renewable sources to replace the expensive electricity currently used to heat both the chapel itself and the attached community room. Ron Smith would speak with the minister and members of the chapel to gauge the level of interest.
Details of lottery funding had been received by Gordon Bowness and Charles Paxton. Some doubt was expressed whether any developments at MMVI could once again be eligible for lottery funding. MN and PW mentioned funding sources they had recently received from Envirolink: the Community Sustainable Energy Programme seemed a possible source for MMVI.
David Pelton explained how he had been researching air source heat pump technology; a draw back with this was that it was only effective down to 5C. PV cells might help here. Some doubt was expressed about effectiveness of the underfloor heating system which had originally been the system of choice for the Institute given the pattern of use in a village hall. An oil fired boiler had been installed as part of the original plan. Could this still be used alongside air source ie switching on when the temperature dropped to 5C? DP to contact Lloyd Whittacker, whose business is situated in Hackthorpe, to seek further advice and report back to MMVI trustees and LRE. A query was raised about the amount, quality and efficiency of insulation material in the building.
Charles Paxton had recently received information about hydro installations and asked whether or not this would be worth exploring further given how close the Institute was to the Lyvennet – it might benefit both CR and MM. Mike Archer explained that ‘Slim Jims’ were now available but research that he had done over recent years suggested that the river flow was too erratic for serious consideration to be given to hydro schemes.
Gavin Wilkinson suggested that consideration be given to our priorities: were we seeking to raise money for the community by feeding electricity into the grid or were we seeking a way of efficiently keeping our community buildings warm. He suggested that wind turbines, as well as photovoltaic cells, were the most effective way of tackling the former, air source if heating was the priority. There was but limited support for wind within the meeting so this was rejected.
It was agreed that DP should continue to follow up air source heating; CP said he would fill in application forms; MN said that she would seek more information about local village halls which had recently installed renewable energy technology so that visits could be made by those who were interested.