Monday evening’s meeting this week saw a visitor from a village just outside Basle telling us how much money the French government is spending to subsidise the cost of household solar water heating and electricity generation. Samuel now earns around £1,000 a year from selling electricity generated on his house, and has free hot water from March to September. This means the whole installation will pay for itself after about 7 years and is still guaranteed to last for another 13 after that. This French ‘feed in tariff’ is not quite as good as Germany’s, and only slightly ahead of the rate the UK will be introducing next year.
We also talked about the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December, when world leaders will be agreeing what actions to take about climate change.
It promises to be a fun occasion, so for more details and to join in, click here.
Slightly more prosaically we also finalised the process we are going to use to decide how to spend our group funds.
Finally, congratulations this week to Farnham Transitioneers Paula Burgess, who has started her MSc in Sustainability at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, and to Eloise Grey who has opened her first shop (above Purity in Downing Street), selling fine ethical and organic clothing made in the UK. Good luck to both of them, and also to all who are coming to the Transition Training in Farnham this weekend!