Positive Energy launches with Energyshare bid
The official launch of Positive Energy Sussex takes place in the Love café in Norman Road, St Leonards on Thursday 21 July at 6.45 pm. If you intend to come (there will be wine) we need to ask a favour.
We signed up to the Hugh Fearnley Wittingsall inspired Energyshare fund at the 11th hour and now realise we need supporters to get to the next round. It wont take more than a minute to join this community energy initiative (and even less to support our bid). The deadline is 30 June. Nuff said.
Bid or no bid, we plan to do this project anyway. We think there is more than enough food and garden waste in Hastings to make a small community owned anaerobic digester viable. Before we try to build one though, we reckon we need to show that we can actually get hold of the waste. That means persuading people (both at home and at their businesses, schools, supermarkets) to separate their food waste.
We plan to get enough large (240 litre) food waste bins to distribute to our local schools, cafes, butchers and catering outlets. These will be collected weekly by a local waste collection firm.
As well as collecting catering waste we also want to pioneer a home food waste project using the byo-bin designed by Stewart Twinn from Sussex. The byo-bin is an attractive 7.5 litre kitchen accessory that solves the smell and fly problem. The point is, this looks nice and no-one seems to like plastic slop-buckets according to the Daily Mail. On the other hand if you are happy with a plastic caddy, that’s fine.
In the meantime we will start looking for good sites for an anaerobic digester. We know where we’d like to build one. As they say in Africa "if you want to eat an elephant, you have to do it in bite size chunks."
If you have any ideas on this, or related subjects, and want to help us with this project or join us at the opening event, please get in touch.