We have a sub-group looking at renewables projects in the town and surrounding area. Here in Shepway, there are a lot of natural resources – wind, water – and a need for jobs. However, it seems the only way that any renewable energy schemes other than those of private residents will come about is via the community. As such, following the lead of other Transition Towns, we are looking into the feasibility of this, including a potential first project on the roof of the main stand of the local football club, Hythe Town, at Reachfields.
We have visited OVESCo (Ouse Valley Energy Service Company – see www.ovesco.co.uk), which proved very useful. OVESCo grew out of Transition Lewes and talked to us about their activities as a cooperative, including their completed solar scheme on the town’s Harvey’s Brewery.