|WeSET’s Open Day and Sustainable Energy Fair on Saturday 23rd June 2012 was a real success with close to 1,000 visitors coming to Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park. The focus of the day was to create an event with a relaxed and fun atmosphere where people were able to learn about the impact of climate change and what they can do personally to reduce their own carbon footprint. The event was partnered by Faringdon Ecoweek and Midcounties Co-operative. Highlights of the day included:|
- Sustainable Energy Fair with over 20 sustainable energy and information stalls (see below for details).
- Westmill Solar Co-op share offer launched by Ed Vaisey MP, Juliet Davenport CEO, Good Energy and Mike Wise, Mayor of Faringdon
- Talks on how to reduce your carbon footprint by Professor John Twidell and the Oxfordshire Peoples Power Station by Barbara Hammond of the Low Carbon Hub
- BBC Masterchef finalist Andrew (Koj) Kojima cooking up exotic titbits in partnership with Pudding Pie Cookery School.
- Great food by Vowley Farm – wholesome locally sourced food and fair trade drinks.
- Music from Rinky Dink - bike powered music system and cycle events organised by Faringdon Ecoweek.
- Children’s activities including bike-powered smoothie makers, Orinoco scrap store and the Big Green Schools bus.
- Finals of ‘The Switch’ college-based film competition + outputs from a week of on-site classroom activities throughout the previous week.
Please click here to read 'Thoughts on WeSET Open Day and Sustainable Energy Fair' by Anne Elliott-Day
|Eco Installer Ltd|
|Mid Counties Co-operative|
|Orinoco Scrap Store|
|Oxford Low Carbon Hub|
|Pedal Power People|
|Pudding Pie Cookery Club|
|Racing-Challenge Gate Care|
|Root & Branch|
|The Green Shop Group|
|The Rainwindsun Company|
|Vowley Farm Foods|
|Westmill Solar Park Co-op|
The Wind Farm at Westmill welcomes visitors from schools, interested professionals and the general public via Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET). This is a charity set up to promote education, understanding, inspiration and action through a range of visits and educational activities with experienced and knowledgeable leaders.
Technical experts also encourage the deployment of alternative energy and sustainable lifestyles
- By providing practical advice on carbon-cutting measures and installation of carbon-free energy sources
- By offering selected financial support to local communities to install energy-saving measures.
The Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust has been set up as a charity with initial funding of £1,000. It is funded on an annual basis by 0.5% of the revenues of the Westmill Wind Farm roughly £5,000-6000 depending on how the wind blows that year. Its objective is to encourage and promote the deployment of sustainable energy, in particular (but not exclusively) within the area of benefit. The area of benefit is defined as within a 25 mile radius from Westmill Wind Farm.
We have recruited 7 Trustees from those who expressed a strong interest to be involved at the AGM or workshops. The current Trustees are Colin Bell (secretary) Mike Blanch (treasurer), Clive Burke, Barbara Hammond, Eoin Lees (chair), Nan Pratt and Liz Rothschild. The initial composition of the Trustees represents the interests of low carbon communities, education and arts, consistent with the object of the Trust. It is envisaged that the Trust in its activities will be mainly local and will not duplicate but may support existing activities from other like-minded organisations.