Shares still on offer for Solar Roofs

22/09/2015 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power | Leave a comment
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People are still applying for shares in Community Energy Birmingham’s solar roofs. This is a local society for the benefit of the community, of which i am an unpaid director, and they have 3 solar roofs on community buildings, with another 3 in Moseley and Sparkbrook ready to install. CEB is only £15,000 short of its target to install all the roofs and wants to reach that total soon, in order to beat the government’s threatening review of the Feed in Tariff payments which may make such projects far more difficult. The message is read the prospectus quickly and get in touch with CEB if you are thinking of joining those investing £250 to £10,000. The estimated return is 4% per annum. See B’ham Post

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Is time running out for solar?

17/09/2015 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Community energy, Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment
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Many people who have been thinking about putting solar panels on their roof in Balsall Heath may not be aware that time could be running out. The government has announced a review of the rates of feed in tariff payable to people who give their roofs for the purpose. Rates are announced until 31 December but are proposed to drop to a very low level from 1st January. This means that all the installers are being rung and filling their diaries with orders, as homeowners try to beat the degression. If you do get it done in 2015, then the income is guaranteed for 20 years and the review underlines that.
I have written an information sheet which I hope is impartial about solar costs and benefits. email bhiop[at]jerciho.org.uk if you want to be sent a copy John Newson
If you do not have a suitable roof, you may consider investing in Community Energy Birmingham which is putting panels onto community buildings in this area website

A House with no Fuel Bills

04/09/2015 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment
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IMG_6352One of the most energy efficient houses in Britain is opening its doors on Saturday 12th September. Everyone welcome. Free admission and tours with John Christophers its architect and owner from 11am -4pm. A wonderful and inspiring story, following the family’s experience with the Birmingham Tornado 2005- what a positive response! While some people worry about the changing atmosphere these people have shown how to live Zero Carbon, on renewable energy. This will be a chance to learn more about you can do at home to save energy, and to use solar energy. Event for children at 2pm. There is a super new website for the house www.zch.org.uk
See you all there!

A Wildlife Walk in the Park

25/08/2015 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Trees, Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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On Thursday 27th August 2015 we shall be having a Wildlife Walk in Cannon Hill Park, led by the park rangers. This is in partnership with the Bright Future Association, which has many members in the Balsall Heath area, so we meet at 12.00 at Calthorpe Park Centre and walk to the park. We hope to explore some wilder or more natural areas, as an alternative to the fair and ice creams. What plants and animals can we find living in the park? A Treasure Hunt to search for objects from nature will be organised after a picnic lunch, then walk back together.. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Meeting place Calthorpe

Using Solar Energy at Home

04/08/2015 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment
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Solar panelsAlder Following the successful Solar Energy day in Balsall Heath I have now produced an Information Sheet that tries to be impartial. Many people get phone calls making exaggerated claims for solar PV panels and so have come to be too sceptical about the benefits, which are real. At home I have just had an electricity bill of £11 for the summer quarter, which shows I am making the greater part of the electricity I use from my 7 rooftop panels. The Information Sheet lists the companies in Birmingham that are registered and approved to install solar panels on your roof; so they can provide a quote and tell you how much power you would generate and money you would save. To be sent a copy please email me John Newson bhiop[at]Jericho.org.uk

Solar Energy Day in Balsall Heath

15/07/2015 at 10:58 am | Posted in Community energy, Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment
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This is another chance to learn from Balsall Heath, on Saturday 18th July 2015. We shall share our knowledge about the costs and benefits of solar panels. This is not a selling occasion, but a chance for people to find sources of impartial advice and information to help home owners and local organisations to make the right decision.
All are welcome to Drop in and find us 2pm to 4pm at Balsall Heath Church Centre, 100 Mary Street (corner with Edward Rd) Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9JU
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Wildflower Walk 12th July

07/07/2015 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Walking, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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A chance for everyone to visit the Wildflower meadow created by volunteers back in 2013, and see what is growing there now. Learn something about the varied wildflowers and the plans for encouraging nature in this area beside the River Rea. Suitable for beginners and those who know a little…
Sunday 12th July starts 2pm meet from the corner of Balsall Heath Road and Clevedon Road and Longmore Street B12 9EE, near Percy Shurmer academy. Bus 35, cycle route 5, or cars park on nearby streets (not on the grass!) SEE MAP

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Visit the Backyard Farm

06/07/2015 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Gardens, Recycling, Water | Leave a comment
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This event is a chance to see my Backyard Farm, to learn about composting, rainwater harvesting, growing vegetables and fruit, all in a small space. I have composted all my kitchen and garden waste to make into nutritious compost that this year has grown beans, carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. It is easy to care for and easy to harvest from.
Saturday 11th July 2pm – 4pm
2pm-4pm at 32 Alder Road off Ladypool Rd Birmingham B12 8BS
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Tree Hunt at the Carnival

03/07/2015 at 3:07 pm | Posted in Trees | Leave a comment
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Residents at the Balsall Heath Carnival will be able to join a hunt for 7 different kinds of trees growing in Pickwick Park, the Carnival site beside St Paul’s Road. The event starts at 12.00 on Saturday 4th July. Looks like it will be scorching, so what better than to admire some cool and shady trees? Our neighbourhood would be even hotter and more polluted without all the trees that have been planted over the last 30 years.
See you at the BHIOP stall. John Newson

Residents Offered Shares in Solar Roofs

24/06/2015 at 11:07 am | Posted in Solar power | Leave a comment
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Local people will be able to buy shares in solar roofs that Community Energy Birmingham Ltd. is installing this summer. Moseley Exchange and Ackers Adventure are important centres of social action whose electricity costs will be reduced by the panels. A meeting 7.30pm on 2nd July at the Moseley Exchange will explain to those interested in investing how to do this, and use some of their savings to create these Community Power Stations, and receive a reward payment for the next 20 years. There are income tax advantages as well for investors. Details are on the website of Community Energy Birmingham

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