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Welcome to Balcombe, a beautiful, quiet village in West Sussex.

Last summer, a company called Cuadrilla came to drill for oil and gas. It did not go well.

So the village did what villages do best: they held a public meeting.

The result: a clean energy co-op called REPOWERBalcombe.

They're building enough community-owned solar power to match the electricity needs of every home in the village. It's bold, it's brilliant, and it should be the shape of things to come.


 


This should happen everywhere.

The REPOWER approach is already on the rise, and success in Balcombe can help it spread faster.

Join for news on the project, opportunities to invest, tips on repowering your local area and more.

 

Why this matters

Whatever we do, the energy system is going to change. A lot.

Fossil fuel companies are drilling (and spilling) in ever-more improbable places...

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The Arctic

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The Amazon

...speeding up climate change, which is bad news for pretty much everything.

Here's the good news

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SOLAR POWER PRICE 1977 - 2013

The cost of clean energy is falling fast, and other countries are already making the switch. There is an alternative!

Meanwhile, in Germany...

25%

POWER FROM RENEWABLES

47%

RENEWABLES OWNED BY CITIZENS

334%

CLEAN POWER GROWTH SINCE 2002

Repower a village; inspire the world

Balcombe isn't the first village to try this, but it's definitely the most famous. As the unwilling poster child for new oil and gas drilling in the UK, success in Balcombe will prove that a better way can work.

How to help

Right now, the best way to help is to spread the word.


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A local energy project with a difference: it might just change Britain. http://backbalcombe.org #BackBalcombe

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