All posts by Bethan Riach

Supporting Biomass Heating and Rooftop Solar PV

Balancing donations from festivals, audiences and suppliers in 2017 are now powering two more renewable energy projects: Ecossol; which helps  fund the installation of solar PV systems on the rooftops of homeowners wanting to go green; and Alternative Energy Developments, which provides  biomass heating systems for charity-owned outdoor adventure centres in Scotland.

Ecossol makes it affordable for homeowners in the northeast of England to install solar PV systems, which power their homes and contribute clean renewable energy to the grid. Ecossol monitors and maintains the solar systems and homeowners can use the electricity generated for free in return for the rights to the feed–in tariff payments. Homeowners can then buy their solar PV system outright as well as the rights to the tariff.

Alternative Energy Developments owns and installs biomass boilers that provide low carbon heating systems for venues, including charity-owned outdoor adventure centres in Scotland and a biomass-from-waste-wood venture in Rotherham.

A third of all travel balancing donations from festival audiences in 2017 are supporting these two projects. Both investments were made through Abundance, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. You can find out more about the risks of investing through Abundance on their website. 

The remaining two thirds of 2017 donations went to supporting the REACR community owned wind turbine in the forest of Dean.

Find out more about REACR. 

Energy Revolution invests 1/3 of 2017 donations in community-owned wind turbine

Powering the community with 2017 donations

Balancing donations from 2017 have been invested in a community owned wind turbine in the Forest of Dean. The project, Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables (REACR) supplies clean electricity to the local community, helping to cut fuel poverty and avoiding the carbon-intensive burning of fossil fuels. The project also offers a fund to support local projects that are working to build community resilience, especially around reducing fuel poverty through energy efficiency and energy education.

The 500KW wind turbine in Alvington creates 1,550 MWh per year, powering 350 local homes with clean electricity and saving 731 tonnes of CO2 each year. The turbine is owned by Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables (REACR), a Community Benefit Society committed to making a positive difference locally in addition to the environmental benefits directly associated with the generation of renewable energy. REACR invest surplus from the operations of the turbine in a community fund, which supports local projects: over the last few years they have supported local schools to buy equipment, helped repair the local church and provided resources for a community playing field.

REACR has received two thirds of the balancing donations made by festivals, audiences and suppliers in  2017, remaining donations are being invested in more UK based renewable energy projects which we’ll share with you soon.

Find out more about Alvington Court Wind Turbine and REACR. 

Rock City Stage Crew: Energy Revolution’s Star Supplier in 2017

Rock City Stage Crew were Energy Revolution’s star supplier member in 2017, balancing their fossil fuel travel miles to eight UK festivals through direct investment in clean renewable energy. In total they balanced 30,796 litres of fuel – the equivalent of 259,347 average car miles!

Rock City Stage Crew is an award winning family run business, established in 1990, that supplies personnel and training to the Live Events Industry throughout the UK.  In 2017, they balanced their fuel use from crew travel and from onsite vehicles used for We Are Fstvl, Download, Lovebox, Wilderness, Creamfields, Boomtown, Reading and BBC Hyde Park.

Rock City are committed to ensuring their operations are sustainable and to balancing their environmental impacts with investment in renewable energy. As well as working with Energy Revolution to balance travel emissions over the last two years, in 2015 they installed 30KW of solar panels on the roof of their HQ, which have generated 49,797.23 KW in two years. They are in the process of updating their fleet to low emission vehicles; to date they have replaced half of their buses with Ford Custom mini-buses with Ford EcoBlue 2.0 litre TDCi engines, which have low fuel consumption and low emissions.

Rock City aims to balance 100% of their CO2 emissions by investment or production in renewable energy by the end of 2020.

Find out more about them at www.rockcitycrew.co.uk

Festivals balance over 1.1 million travel miles in 2017

The results are in! This summer 20 festivals and their audiences and suppliers worked with Energy Revolution to balance their travel – in total balancing over 1.1 million miles of festival journeys!

To be precise they balanced 1,169,580 miles travelled in an average car (using DEFRA’s figures) – which is the equivalent of 361,092 kg CO2e.

Energy Revolution will invest 100% of these donations into clean renewable energy projects in the coming year. Helping to turn the problem of fossil fuel emissions into a solution for the future – clean renewable energy.

Thank you to everyone who balanced their journey in 2017 – whether through their ticket purchase or directly through our website. You can find a list of the festivals that we worked with HERE.

In 2018 we will be working with more festivals to balance travel miles working towards our goal of balancing 10 million festival travel miles through direct investment in projects that are creating clean renewable energy for the future.