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Otley Green

Posted by Margaret on Thursday, Sep 29, 2011

Otley Green

Suffolk Humanists & Secularists member Tony Barrett is chairman of Otley Green, and has sent the following urgent message (Otley Green has until 5pm today, Friday 30th September, to find more Energyshare supporters):

OtleyGreen’s Community Turbine project has successfully reached Energyshare’s second round. We need yet more supporters to get into the third round. If you haven’t yet become a supporter we would be very grateful if you would sign up. If you are already one of our supporters, please pass this message on.

Becoming an Energyshare Supporter is an easy 5 step process:

  1. Go to;
  2. Press the SUPPORT THIS GROUP button on the right hand side of the screen;
  3. Press the SIGN UP button in the new window;
  4. Complete the form. You can ignore the profile information. You will not get emails unless you want them;
  5. You will receive a confirmation email. Just click on the confirmation link. You are now a supporter.

Thank you very, very much for your support Tony Barrett, Chairman OtleyGreen.

Our Group and Our Project

We are a group of people concerned about climate change and the energy crisis who are reducing Otley’s carbon footprint and helping villagers save money on their energy bills. We have provided free insulation for over 60 homes, solar PV through a bulk-buy scheme and we have planted trees and a hedge row, harnessing the natural power of the wind to kick start a chain of sustainable energy initiatives in the village. Its the first step to a cleaner, greener future. We now want to install a community wind turbine and use the renewable energy payments to fund further green projects – the first being the provision of solar panels for Otley Primary School and Play Group. This shows the beauty of this project, it just carries on growing for the good of the community – the school benefits from free, green electricity and is able to share a new revenue scheme with the Play Group from the solar PV payments. If OtleyGreen is successful, Otley Village and its organisations will benefit from an income of over 6000 a year for the next 19 years. A Parish Council run survey of villagers showed overwhelming support for this project with 68% in favour and another 6% unconcerned.

Stop Press – We’ve been given an excellent site by a local farmer and we have applied for planning permission. A pre-planning proposal received a positive reaction from the local council.

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