Big Green Challenge Finalist

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LCWO chosen as NESTA Big Green Challenge finalist

One of LCWO’s projects was recently selected as one of 10 finalists in a national climate change competition called the Big Green Challenge.

We won an initial £20,000 for a pilot year, with the possibility of winning up to £1 million more for our community in 2009.

LCWO Big Green Challenge Finalist
LCWO Big Green Challenge Finalist

LCWO Big Green Challenge Finalist

The project aims to cut C02 emissions in our community by 80% by 2050 by creating community-owned renewable energy projects including

  • large scale solar panels on roofs in Osney Mead Industrial Estate
  • a micro-hydro scheme in Osney Weir
  • a wind turbine on Harcourt Hill.

We will sell the electricity generated from these projects and use the income to help local households to make energy (and financial) savings.

In the longer term, we also hope to use the income to increase carbon sequestration by plants and soil in the watershed.

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