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The Alternative Renewable Energy Resources Reduce Stress on The Planet

Category: Energy Events in Dorset

Alternative renewable energy resources have been a hot topic of discussions lately. With people switching to an environmentally-friendly lifestyle, the renewable energy suppliers have also come forward to provide renewable energy solutions in U.K and other parts of the world. Alternative energy sources are now available in abundance to help people save more on power while cutting down on the greenhouse gas emissions.

How do these alternative renewable energy sources work?

Matter of fact, alternative renewable energy resources are a sustainable source of energy that makes use of the natural sources such as sunlight, wind, water, and green electricity to increase the energy security for our livelihood. Besides, they are replenished time after time to completely alleviate the several possible risks.

It’s a naked truth that we heavily rely on mother earth for consumption and are constantly involved in drilling and coal mining that is further responsible for the CO2 emissions in the air thereby, causing irreparable damages to the environment. The purpose of alternate renewable energy resources is to reduce our dependence on the combustion of fossil fuels and combat climatic changes while harnessing the power of natural resources.

Lets Get Energized is an initiative – an online guide to help the mankind transform their lives and of others by switching to a 100% green energy supplier. We offer you renewable energy solutions in U.K and latest updates on renewable energy and also provide you with tips and views to make informed decisions related to your green choices.


Vince Adams says:
Letsgetenergized is making its return to champion Renewable Energy

Category: Climate Change, Community Energy, Dorset Energized News, Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset, Energy News for UK, Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Farming & Food, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Water Power, Wildlife & Nature, Wind Power
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This prototype Electric Tram is being tested in China, it runs on white painted lines in the road. Its highly advanced batteries give it amazing serviceability and it carries over 300 people.

Everyday I’m sent examples of new ways of developing electric transport capabilities. From cars to aeroplanes the future is electric and combined with the enormous development of renewable energy we are entering a new fossil fuel free era.

We can dramatically reduce pollution which effects everyone of us going about our daily routine.

We can begin to reverse the worst forecasts of climate change and together make our Planet once again safe for the generations to come.

Join us in spreading the word that the UK should be taking a lead in developing renewable energy and of course majoring on moving from petrol/diesel powered transport to electric or eventually even hydrogen.

None of our political parties are focussing on renewable energy or climate change the most important issues of our times. Hold your potential MP’s locally to account and make commitments of support on both subjects.

Our commitment is clear, to the Planet, to landscape, to people and of course to the Natural World.

Tell us your own stories about installing solar, buying an electric car anything that will give confidence to other people thinking of making changes.

Forward our website details to all your friends, relatives and colleagues. Lets shout about this new energy and really get the show on the road here in the


Vince Adams says:
Dorset Community Energy – Share Offer launch Friday 5th June 7:00pm

Category: Community Energy, Energy Events in Dorset, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized

Dorset Community Energy – Share Offer launch Friday 5th June 7:00pm

Wessex Royale Hotel, High West Street, Dorchester

Dorset Community Energy is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society supported by the Big Lottery ‘Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset’ programme to install community- financed solar photovoltaic panels (PV) on the roofs of 6 local schools or village halls. Three village hall solar panel installations, Martinstown, Salway Ash and Osmington have already been completed using a short term bridging loan, to be repaid through the community share offer. Three school solar PV installations, Dorchester Middle School, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester and Lytchett Minster School are planned for August, subject to final School Governors’ approval and raising sufficient capital through the community share offer.

Key points:

·         The 6 participating schools and village halls will receive free electricity from the solar panels – estimated to be worth a total of £200,000 over a period of 20 years

·         The business model includes a projected return of 5%- 6% per year for investors

·         Minimum investment £100 maximum £10,000

·         Capital will be repaid in instalments between years 4-20

·         Taxpayers may be eligible for 50% tax relief on their investment.

·         The Share Offer will be open between 5th June and 4th July 2015

·         Note that investment in shares in a Community Benefit Society is not the same as savings in a bank account. In general it carries higher risks set out in the Share Offer Document, which will be published on Friday 5th June. If necessary potential investors should seek independent financial advice.

Further information:

Please see

The Share Offer Document and application form for shares will be uploaded to the website on 5th June

An information evening and share offer launch event has been arranged on Friday 5thJune at 7:00pm in the Wessex Royale Hotel, High West Street, Dorchester. Printed copies of the Share Offer Document will be available at the event and an opportunity to question Dorset Community Energy directors and their professional advisors for the Share Offer, Sharenergy.

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  • Vince Adams comments:
    "Best wishes to the Dorset Community Energy launch and for further information about the North Dorset initiative EnergizeSturvlalley log onto to "
    May 24, 2015 a 7:31 am


Lets Get Energized says:
Public consultation for Stapehill Solar Farm near Wimborne

Category: Energy Events in Dorset, Solar Energy
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Public consultation for Stapehill Solar Farm near Wimborne

Local residents, councillors and other members of the community have been invited to a public consultation for a proposed solar farm at Stapehill Farm, Uddens, near Wimborne.

The consultation will be held on Monday 18th May from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Betty Webster Room, Colehill Memorial Hall, Cannon Hill Road, BH21 2LS and will provide an opportunity for local people to view the proposals, provide feedback and meet the developers.

The proposed development, by Wiltshire-based Solstice Renewables, is for a 5 Mega Watt peak (MWp) solar park that would generate enough renewable electricity to supply the equivalent of 1,500 typical homes.

Giovanni Maruca, Director, Solstice Renewables, said: “Stapehill is a great site for a solar farm. The land is low grade and is currently used for grazing horses, so we can make a big difference to biodiversity and ecology. We’ll be sowing native grasses and wildflowers around the panels to encourage more wildlife and help stem the decline in pollinators like bees and butterflies. As well as transforming the site into a wildlife haven, we will maintain the land with sheep grazing around the panels so that it can be used for food production as well as generating renewable electricity.

“We’re looking forward to meeting people from the local community and welcome their suggestions for how the scheme could be improved. We’re also offering a community benefit fund of approximately £5,000 a year for 25 years – over £125,000 in total – plus £2,000 a year funding for educational support to local schools linked to the solar farm.”

The site is approximately 7.4 hectares in area and is currently used for grazing horses. It is located between Colehill and Ferndown, next to the A31.

This is Solstice Renewables’ third proposed solar development in the area. A 20 MWp solar farm at Manor Farm, Verwood, was connected to the grid in February 2015 and a 7MWp solar farm at Bedborough Farm, near Wimborne, is due to begin construction later this month.


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Do you want to save money on your energy bills? Are you thinking of installing renewable energy at home? Want to reduce your impact on the environment or encourage more wildlife into your garden?

North Dorset District Council’s Eco Homes Event may be the ideal opportunity to find out answers to your questions from those who have already done it.

Paul McIntosh, Sustainability Officer for the council, said: “Seventeen homes and projects with eco-friendly features will be open for people to visit over the weekend of 15 – 17 May and they are all viewable on the website  Some homes are open to visit all weekend while others have specific open times or need to be booked – please check on the website or in the booklet.”

Booklets are being distributed in many venues across the district with details of the properties.  You can also phone or email the project co-ordinator, Kathryn Flint, on 01258 484372 and for help and information.

Venues include a Franciscan Friary, a water mill, farms and many private homes all linked by the desire to meet the challenges of the changing world of energy supply and sustainability.

There is something for everyone even if you have never given much thought to the energy you use in your home before. If you have, then this might be just the thing to spur you on to a new eco-friendly project!

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  • Kathryn Flint comments:
    "There is still time to book for the weekend. Just give me a call on 01258 484732.
    Thanks for sharing this LGE team. "

    May 15, 2015 a 3:31 pm


Lets Get Energized says:
Dorset Energized support West Dorset Election Hustings in Dorchester on 15th April 2015

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Wednesday 15th April at 7.30pm
Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, Dorset

Dorset Energized are one of a number of local organisations taking part in the West Dorset Election Hustings for local Environmental and Wildlife issues.

All 5 political candidates for West Dorset will be answering your questions on:

  • Landscape
  • Climate Change
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Badger Cull and Vaccination
  • Marine Conservation
  • Fracking
  • Renewable Energy
  • and more…

Tickets will be available from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester from Monday 16th March (max. 4 per person). Tickets must be collected from the school, they cannot mail them. N.B. the school will be closed for 2 weeks over Easter from 28th March to 12th April.

Tickets are FREE but donations will be welcome at the end of the event for the Dorset Badger Vaccination Project and Hardye’s students’ environmental projects.

Please share this post widely across the West Dorset area.


What question would you like us to ask?

Please let us know what question you would like us to ask our local candidates re renewable energy by submitting your ‘COMMENTS’ in this post below…


Lets Get Energized says:
Stories of Change – 5th March in Dorchester, Dorset

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Stories of Change – 5th March, 19.30 – 21.30

Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester, DT1 1 XR

A Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset Event:

Local residents share stories about how they became interested in living more sustainably. Raja is a climate consultant working around the world, Anna is a producer initiating arts and bio-medical projects within the NHS, Ali is championing eco awareness in schools, and Rose is passionate about local food. Then we can all have a conversation! There is also a rare chance to see short entertaining films, including Forkbeard Fantasy’s‘Carbon Weevils’, and Arts Admin’s ‘Pandemonium’ which was part of Imagine the Great Transition.

And you can have a go at ‘Artspark’s specially-created board game.. We’ve been asking people how they think climate change could affect them and their town and used their ideas to create the game…but we want to know what you think too!

The Bar will be open and there will be some yummy locally-sourced snacks too– made by Bridport-based Rude foods.



Lets Get Energized says:
Fracking & Better Energy Solutions – Talk in Bridport Dorset, 12th March

Category: Climate Change, Energy Events in Dorset, Fracking, Fuel Poverty & Security, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living
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Fracking & Better Energy Solutions

Talk by Charles Miller
Thursday 12 March 2015

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start
Bridport Town Hall, Dorset

Admission FREE

West Dorset Friends of the Earth group are delighted to invite you to this interesting and informative talk regarding fracking, presented by Charles Miller.

With twenty-five years experience in the oil industry worldwide, Charles Miller gives a brief outline of the Energy Crisis. He will then explains the problems with Fracking and safer and sustainable Energy solutions that other countries are choosing instead of Fracking, to protect their citizens and countryside and to keep energy bills from rising.

There will be time for your questions at the end of the talk.

We hope to see you there.


Lets Get Energized says:
“I do”, Will You – event in Dorchester, Dorset 4th March

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“I do”, Will You – event in Dorchester, Dorset on 4th March 2015

Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset are holding an event in South Street, Dorchester.

The theme of the event is telling the world what you love about the world/the environment and saying what you do to assist in making the world a greener, friendlier place:

There’s more info on the CLS website – and a chance to take part in a competition and to post your own photos.


Lets Get Energized says:
February Prize Draw: Win a place at the STIR Into Action Workshop on Renewable Energy Co-ops worth £75

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Last month in our prize draw we were offering 1 year subscription to the fantastic inspirational living magazine STIR so…

CONGRATULATIONS TO DAWN CANNING who has just been picked as our latest winner! Dawn can enjoy 4 copies of STIR delivered in print, straight to her door, for FREE!

This month we’ve got another great prize for all our subscribers…


STIR Into Action Workshop on Renewable Energy Co-ops

6th & 7th June 2015, 10am – 5pm
Chapel in the Garden, Bridport, Dorset

Stir To Action presents a six-month programme of training workshops in Bridport, Dorset to build the co-operative capacity of local communities. These workshops introduce participants to new tools, innovative strategies and the practices that can enable us to face up to climate change, financial crises and the other social problems we currently experience.

Renewable energy co-operatives have taken off in the UK over the last few years as people work together to take power generation back into their own hands. Sharenergy is a co-operative helping people around the UK set up renewable energy projects funded by community share offers – from solar roofs to £1m wind turbines, from community heating to hydro projects. In these workshops, facilitated by Jon Hallé, you’ll learn all about the renewable energy technologies and what it takes to make them happen. Bring your ideas, learn from what is working elsewhere, and take the next big steps to getting power to the people set up in your area.

Jon Hallé has been working with renewable energy co-ops since 2003 and has been involved with many successful new models (and some instructive failures). He is a cofounder (with Eithne George) of Sharenergy, which has supported over 100 community renewable energy projects, including the UK’s first heat co-op, Scotland’s first 100% co-op owned wind turbine, and plenty of other interesting projects across the technologies and scales. Before that he was a programmer, waste oil biodiesel maker and environmental activist.

Lunch is included sourced from local co-operative food producers and members of the Landworkers Alliance, and it will all be cooked in a Wonderbag non-electric slow cooker.

This workshop place is worth £75 and we hope will inspire our lucky winner to take some of these alternatives back to your own community or organisation!

The competition ends at midnight UK time on 28th February 2015 and the lucky winner will be picked at random from all our e-newsletter subscribers on 2nd March.

Simply sign up to our e-newsletter, if you haven’t already, for the chance to win!

Click here to enter our prize draw >>

10% off all STIR Into Action Workshops

Lets Get Energized e-newsletter subscribers can also enjoy 10% off all STIR Into Action workshops! Once you’ve signed up to enter the prize draw and join our mailing list (if you haven’t already) simply quote ‘Energized’ before booking. View their full range of workshops from Ethical Tea Blending, to Citizen Journalism to ‘Craftivism’ at:


Anna Celeste Watson says:
If you watch 1 film to save the planet – watch “COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret”

Category: Climate Change, Energy Events in Dorset, Sustainable Farming & Food, Sustainable Living


Saturday 8th November 2014 will see the new controversial, emotive and highly talked about environmental film “Cowspiracy” come to West Stafford Village Hall near Dorchester in Dorset for a special screening (and the DORSET PREMIERE!) of the US documentary that seems to be gripping the world with its teeth!

“COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length documentary, which follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to discuss it.

It is described as a shocking yet humorous film which reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, as the leading cause of global warming, water depletion, deforestation, species extinction, and ocean ‘dead zones’.

The film is being heralded as eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth”.

Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of “The Cove” has said that, “Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.”

The voluntary animal welfare group that I run called Compassionate Dorset, who are based in Dorchester but active across the county (as well as having our creative online shop), have been granted special permission by the filmmakers to have this fundraising film night in aid of the leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming. The charity was founded by a concerned dairy farmer in 1967, who became appalled by the growth of intensive farming and the disconnect between modern agriculture and the well-being of animals and the environment. Compassion in World Farming are the only major charity who campaign solely on advancing farm animal welfare, and their mission is to end factory farming in our lifetime, for good.

Anya Pearson, our Spokesperson for Compassionate Dorset, says, “Following the success of our Moo Man Film Night in aid of Compassion last year, we are really thrilled to be screening another brand new thought-provoking farming / food / environmental film. We are particularly excited as this is one of only a very small handful of UK screenings so far confirmed.”

The film night will once again be held in the beautiful and intimate surroundings of West Stafford Village Hall where there will be a fully licensed bar with hot drinks and snacks including vegan-friendly cakes, farm animal and cow themed t-shirts, prints and accessories for sale, and a raffle with lots of fantastic prizes.

I haven’t seen the film myself yet as it only premiered in the UK last month, but from the reviews I have read it sounds like it will give everyone, whether a meat-eater, Meatless Monday supporter, vegetarian or vegan, a lot to think about in terms of how our everyday food choices impact the sustainability of our planet, which is a huge part of what Compassionate Dorset is all about.

It also seems rather apt that we have another cow themed film, as not only will we be celebrating ‘Moovember’ but our group will also be celebrating our 5th birthday, so it should be a very special night.

Booking Advised!

Doors open at 7pm and everyone is welcome. Tickets are available on the night on the door, adults £3.00 and children under 16 go free but booking is advised at there is only a limited number of seats available and last year for our “Moo Man” film screening we ended up as standing room only!

For more information and to book online visit:

We look forward to seeing you there : )

To find another UK screening near you go to


Lets Get Energized says:
Visit us at the Eden Natural Lifestyle Fair in Buckland Newton Dorset

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Eden Natural Lifestyle Fair hosted by Primrose’s Kitchen
Saturday 4th October, 10am – 4pm
Eden Park, Buckland Newton, Dorset DT2 7DJ

Come and meet some of the Dorset Energized team and find out about renewable energy here in Dorset at our first holistic fair, which will also be a celebration of holistic therapies, natural food producers and natural lifestyle products.

Our friends at Compassionate Dorset will also be there promoting the benefits of eating less meat and vegetarian and vegan diets so will have some vegan cakes and treats for sale and lots of recipes.


Lets Get Energized says:
Communities Living Sustainably – Bridport Events, 20th – 23rd October

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Communities Living Sustainably – Bridport Events, 20th – 23rd October

Save money, turn waste to something useful, and have fun

Inspired by the idea of ‘Living Differently’, the themes of One World Week, Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset is staging a series of events to encourage, promote and champion sustainable alternatives in our food, energy and financial systems as well as in our personal lives. Come and join us – most are free, and should appeal to a wide range of interests!

On Wednesday 22nd October CLS in Dorset and many others will be helping you to Waste Less and Spend Better. This FREE event will be held between 12pm and 6pm in the Town Hall and Bucky Doo Square, will host experts on energy, water, waste, food and transport, as well as lots of fun activities. In the square we’ll be serving hot soup, offering your bicycle a check-up, and hosting the Real Food Shop. Upstairs in the Town Hall, enter our best driver competition, get money saving tips, and use your crafty skills to convert your “rubbish” to a “resource”. Emily Bullock, CLS event organiser says “This event will offer very practical ways of saving money on household bills, and you’ll be able to cash in your savings – by claiming your free chocolate coins!”

In the evening (19.30-21.30hrs) CLS is bringing filmmaker, creativity czar and founder member of dance music group Faithless, Jamie Catto, to Bridport’s Lyric Theatre to talk about the Deeper Roots of Sustainability. Jamie speaks in universal truths, and will show us that it is not just about what we eat and where we buy it, but also how we change our relationship to the world around us. We will have a chance to see an extract from his award-winning films, and local food producers will join in a Q&A session so we can find out more about solutions on our doorstep.

To help us consider how to keep money in the local economy, the think-and-do tank New Economics Foundation will be delivering a FREE workshop — Plugging the Leaks: Local Economic Development as if People and Planet Mattered (Thursday 23rd October, morning, in Dorchester). Since the financial crisis of 2008, local communities have been demanding a greater role in our financial system through ethical investment, participatory budgeting and the creation of local currencies that support economic resilience and promote personal wellbeing. The workshop will encourage local communities to take a different approach to economic development: one that is local, community-led and puts the needs of people before profit.

On October 20th (14.00-17.00), CLS will also be collaborating with West Dorset Friends of the Earth to host Alan Heeks’ and Serenna Davies’ workshop on Personal Resilience: Staying Happy in Changeable Times, at Bridport’s Chapel in the Garden. This event offers practical skills — a resilience toolkit — to help manage the chaos of climate change, public service budget cuts, and the general pressures of modern life. There is a small charge for this workshop.

CLS in Dorset is one of 12 programmes funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Communities Living Sustainably programme. This has made it possible for most of the events to be free. For further information, and to book your free place for the Jamie Catto evening and the Plugging the Leaks workshop, visit HYPERLINK “”

For Further information:

Media enquiries contact: Candida Blaker, Dorset CLS Programme Manager:

For further background, visit

CLS in Dorset is supported by the Big Lottery Fund for a three year period from March 2013. Dorset is one of the Big Lottery Fund’s 12 Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) programmes in England, and is the only such programme in the Southwest.

CLS in Dorset aims to help people adapt to climate change and to live more sustainably. The project strives to act as a catalyst for action, building on the great work already taking place in the local area and exploring some innovative approaches. The programme will be delivered in Bridport, Dorchester and their surrounding areas.

CLS in Dorset is focusing on Greener Choices and Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Local Food; Eco-Schools; Climate Change Adaptation with fishing and farming communities and older people.

CLS Living Differently - Poster

CLS Living Differently – Poster



Lets Get Energized says:
NGPS Announce Autumn Renewable Energy Advice Road Shows

Category: Energy Events in Dorset

NGPS Limited has announced they will sponsor a series of Renewable Energy Advice Road Shows in Dorset, designed to help local homeowners become better informed in their fight against rising energy prices.

Each road show will feature expert advice from the event organizers, on the latest government financial incentives of up to twenty years.

The South West’s Renewable Energy Award-Winning Installer, NGPS, will also be discussing how the products integrate into your home – and the level of savings you can expect on your energy bills.

The next 2014 dates are:

15th October – Harmans Cross Village Hall

Dorset Energized will there with information, e-bikes, an electric Nissan LEAF car and more!
Harmans Cross in Dorset BH19 3EB
10.00am to 2.30pm

1st November – Sparsholt Memorial Hall

Sparsholt near Winchester SO21 2NR
10.00am to 3.30pm 15&where1=SO21%202NR,%20UK& FORM=MMREDR

12th November – Duberville Memorial Hall

Wool in Dorset BH20 5DL
10.00am to 2.30pm

15th November –  Awbridge Hall near Romsey

10.00am to 3.30pm

19th November – Bovington Hall

Bovington, Dorset BH 6JQ
10.00am to 2.30pm
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VISITORS are advised to book their place via

NGPS is also pleased to provide a free tea or coffee, with cake, for visitors to enjoy and relax while they chat to invited experts.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • vince Adams comments:
    "great shows good luck with project "
    September 28, 2014 a 8:52 am


Anna Celeste Watson says:
FREE Dorchester ‘Try This…’ Festival 27th September – 4th October 2014

Category: Energy Events in Dorset

Great to see the Try This… festival in Dorchester Dorset is back this year!

Try This… celebrates people teaching other people what they know and what they can do. It invites you to open your mind a bit, explore something you’ve always wanted to learn or something you’ve never even heard of before.

Every session is FREE, fun, and anyone will be welcome to attend!

Here a just a few of the events that I think look of particular interest:

  • Sunday 28th September – Forest Schools Activities (green wood construction & how to make a camp fire) – Thorncombe Wood, 2pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday 1st October – Energy Saving at Work and Home – Dorchester Corn Exchange, 1pm – 2pm
  • OR Wednesday 1st October – Local Plants and Medicine – Dorchester Borough Gardens House, 1pm – 2pm
  • Saturday 4th October – Poultry Keeping – Dorchester Community Farm Poundbury, 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Followed by Saturday 4th October –  Beekeeping – Dorchester Community Farm Poundbury, 10.30am – 11.30am

Most sessions have a maximum number of places available, and although booking is not essential it is highly recommended if there are some sessions that really catch your eye.

To view the full list of events or to book your place visit:


Lets Get Energized says:
Slyers Lane Wind Farm Proposal – Public Exhibition 22nd September

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Slyers Lane Wind Farm Proposal – Public Exhibition 22nd September

The Planning Application for a Wind Farm at Slyer’s Lane, nr Charminster, is going to planning in 1-2 weeks so public consultation will be starting around end of September.

The developer, Broadview, are holding their Final Public Exhibitions next Monday 22nd September at:

Charminster Village Hall: 1.00 – 3:30  DT2 9QL
Herrison Hall , Charlton Down: 5.30 – 8.00  DT2 9UA

They are going to have the visualisations (photomontages) plus their latest images showing what the wind farm will look like from several different sites.

Broadview are also bringing along documents and reports that are be submitted with their application for people to look at. Good chance to know what their final plans really are and a last chance to ask questions.

About the visualisations:

Everyone,whether for, against or undecided, realises that the wind turbines will be seen from some places. Broadview, to satisfy planning requirements for Landscape Assessments, have had to follow strict protocols in producing the visualisations and they have followed the Scottish Natural Heritage guidance. Thus coming to the exhibition is a chance to  get as accurate an idea of what the proposed Wind Turbines will look like in the landscape as can be produced professionally for the planners.

Broadview Energy`s online information (including visualisations) regarding Slyers Lane, can be found – Here

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  • vince adams comments:
    "We are now nearing the end of the consultation process and its time for everyone who has a interest to go along to the exhibition, see what is being said and get the facts. I believe that for centuries we have used the wind for our food and for travel and it a natural resource that can bring so much good clean energy to our region. What we have to find is how to bring harmony to local communities for the good of all with WT projects. That’s what Keith and I shall be doing a few miles down the road in Pymore on the someday at 7.30pm where we shall be showing local residents what might be possible with a potential hydro project.
    We want to listen to everyones views and see if there is a consensus to moving forward. We don’t have all the answers, the project is embryonic but with good will and a desire we can achieve success. Why not try going to the Exhibition and Pymore for a truly Renewable evening experience. "

    September 15, 2014 a 9:48 am


Lets Get Energized says:
Pymore, Bridport – Community Hydro Power Event

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Pymore, Bridport – Community Hydro Power Event

Three weeks ago we described (here) how members of Dorset Energized had been invited to investigate the possibility of installing a small Hydro Power electricity generating station on the river Brit in Pymore near Bridport.

Well things are moving along and to build momentum on the 22nd September at 7.00 pm a Tea & Cakes event is being held at the Weir itself, in Pymore, where you can find out more about what is being proposed. It will also be an opportunity to pledge money toward the development, an investment in a better, greener, cleaner, future.

So if you have the slightest interest in hydro power, community energy, or are just curious, please come along and meet the people involved – a mixture of local residents and people with experience of developing community energy projects.

Would you like your community to generate its own electricity from the river

Would you like your community to generate its own electricity from the river?

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  • Keith Wheaton-Green comments:
    "Thanks for your questions Monty. If the management committee agree use of the river bank for a meeting next Monday, I hope you can join us and would appreciate it if you can ask further questions that I will answer as best I can. I want to emphasize that in my view, this has to be a community project and should not proceed further unless there is a clear will from the management company and residents to do so.
    The drawing is representational only and the turbine house has to fit in with the visual aesthetic of the site. It would need to be placed above flood level, as would the generator.An abstraction license, flood risk consent and possibly impoundment license would be required from the Environment Agency. The project design and negotiations with the EA would be lengthy. The site owner (the management company?) has right of access and must give their permission. A resident of Pymore (Jonny) has publicised the Monday meeting to all in Pymore and Management company directors will – I presume – carry above average weight at the event. The power could go three ways from the 3 phase generator to three different properties where the grid connections would be made. There are numerous design choices. I believe the project should be community owned. Again, there are choices as to the structure.`There are lots of discussions that could be had. I believe Vince and I have the answers to most questions that can be thrown at us but we want to hear the views of the company and residents. "

    September 15, 2014 a 11:13 am

  • vince adams comments:
    "Dear Monty, thanks for your comments which are really what we are exploring on Monday. We want to hear from everyone locally about their feelings, is it good idea , should we go forward together and explore all the problems. requirements and possibilities. I am sure Keith will be able to answer many of the technical questions and I am there to talk about community share schemes. But its your project and local desires that count. "
    September 15, 2014 a 9:54 am

  • Monty Crook comments:
    "Interesting and fine in theory. No account seems to have been taken of what happens to a wooden top structure that it subject to major flooding at that point maybe 2-3 times a yeard. Also, what permissions are needed and from whom. Who ‘owns’ the existing structures in the river at that point? The Environment Agency? Have they given any permission? What access rights would be needed and from whom? Has Pymore Villoage Management Company been approached? Where would the power produced ‘go’? Where would it be connected to the grid – on whose property? Who would own/manage the installation – and administer the finances? What track record do they have? Monty Crook, Pymore "
    September 14, 2014 a 10:47 am


Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Cyclelife Ebike Shop – Dorchester

Category: Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset
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Cyclelife Ebike Shop – Dorchester

Our friends at the Dorset Ebike Centre have recently opened a new shop at Poundbury in Dorchester. The shop is called Cyclelife Wessex and it is the first Raleigh Cyclelife Shop which is entirely dedicated to selling Ebikes – the Raleigh range and the Haibikes.

The shop has been open a few weeks but this Saturday, the 13th September, they are having the Official Opening – with a 10% discount on the day (though a “little bird tells me” that the 10% discount might well be available for anyone buying an Ebike throughout this week – just tell them you heard this from Dorset Energized :-).

Anyway – if you`ve never tried an electric bike, why not pop into the shop, have a look. And if your tempted to find out for yourself why so many people are taking up this form of transport, ask for a test ride. You might be surprised by how much fun it is – and how practical cycling suddenly seems. And if you`re already Ebike aware – well a ride on a Haibike might still prove a revelation!

We have the poster for the shop opening below – and roll on the electric transport “revolution”/”evolution”!

Cyclelife Wessex Opening

Cyclelife Wessex Opening


Lets Get Energized says:
Little Green Festival in Swanage 20th & 21st September

Category: Energy Events in Dorset, Sustainable Living


A new green festival is being held to celebrate, inform and inspire the people of Dorset about green issues including:

  • wildlife and conservation
  • energy and waste
  • good food and drink
  • local products and suppliers

There will be camping and self catering on site at California Barn near Swanage on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st September 2014 (times TBC) with music, activities, an art exhibition and demonstrations. The Barn which is a wedding venue will also be open for viewing by prospective couples at this beautiful venue in Purbeck which overlooks the Isle of Wight.

The event will be fundraising towards the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s work on habitats in the area.

It looks like a great event so we hope to see you there!

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