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Everything we do requires energy; we need it to power our homes, gadgets and transport. Most of us spend more on it than we do anything else. Yet when it comes to how it is produced, where it comes from and how much it costs, we have very little say.

Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative (HREC) is part of a revolution in energy production that puts local communities in charge.

Formed in 2011 by volunteers from across Hampshire, HREC was created to help change the way our energy is produced in the county. We are supporting the development of a range of renewable energy projects that produce low-carbon energy for the benefit of the people of Hampshire.

Through education, community engagement and expert advice we aid the transition to clean, localised energy production for a greener county and stronger communities.

Explore the site to learn more about who we are and some of the exciting things we are doing. You can also learn more about community energy and answer questions you might have about renewables.

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  1. Mandy says:

    Why doesn’t the government force housebuilders to put in renewables ( solar) on new houses rather than forcing developers to build things like a swanky new bus station that Andover doesn’t need as there are hardly any buses, particularly from Thruxton on a saturday.

  2. Martin Heath says:

    Mandy. Fully agree with your first point. All new buildings in the UK (commercial and homes) should be built to the highest standards of sustainability. This means they use a lot less energy in the first place and then they could be used to generate heat and electricity for others to use. Whether developers pay for other things is a different point. But Councils should be insisting all homes are built to level 6 of the code for sustainable homes as a minimum. Thans for your comments. Much appreciated.

  3. Stuart says:

    Oil = control of our entire money system, that why they frack and poision our water to maintain control this is why new houses are not built with solar should be illegal not too in my book because imagine what would happen if we replaced all that wasteful installation with solar?

    Imagine if we first fitted solar and renewables for those on cold weather payments instead if cutting their money and causing more debt and poverty we could have started a self sustainable power system that is ours not third party influenced that would actually help our economic recovery every single panel we build

  4. Jonathan Aylett says:

    I wonder how many NIMBYs spend their leisure time visiting historic industrial buildings such as windmills? Renewable energy is URGENTLY required in order to reduce Carbon emissions and prevent disastrous flooding events such as those we experienced last winter.

  5. Wendy says:

    I agree that it should be mandatory for all new builds to have at least a solar panel.

  6. peter ball says:

    Planning regulations have changed. Basingstoke expects all new housing to meet a minimum level 3 and Winchester minimum level 4. These are under constant review.

    To achieve these standards isn’t easy – but things are changing for new build.
    The huge problem is with the existing housing stock of circa 20 milliion homes. These simply leak energy. We should develop policies to make the existing housing stock significantly more sustainable – insulation, double glazing, community energy projects, etc.

    http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/code_for_sust_homes.pdf

  7. Sue Ayers says:

    I agree with Mandy, East Cholderton has no buses at all the same as a lot of villages. Build something that serves all of the people.

  8. Jon says:

    Agree on the points that new housing stock should have green credentials designed in. But we have a huge amount of housing stock that doesn’t so we either need to have schemes to add solar/turbine/heat pumps or we need to accept that we have to fill our fields with solar panels and turbines. We just can’t keep digging carbon out of the ground and burning it.
    And let’s campaign for tidal barriers which will actually deliver much more value than the solar/turbine approaches. Sorry fish

  9. Rupert Pitt says:

    It is time for England and the UK to think of renewable energy and to implement it. Windfarms are a good concept as they do not pollute.

    If there is concern about the siting of Wind Farms then these should be considered, but when they first built railways people objected yet now we cannot live without them.

  10. Amanda says:

    I think wind farms should be everywhere we have to do something about energy supply’s after all wind is free

  11. sheila says:

    Wind and solar represent a cleaner, healther world. Those worried about how they look rarely complain about so many other far more destructive things humans have built.
    They are not concerned with aesthetics but about something they don’t understand and fear.

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