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.
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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...
...speeding up climate change, which is bad news for pretty much everything.
Here's the good news
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...
POWER FROM RENEWABLES
RENEWABLES OWNED BY CITIZENS
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.
A local energy project with a difference: it might just change Britain. http://backbalcombe.org #BackBalcombe
Thinking of fracking a British village? Don't be surprised when this happens: http://backbalcombe.org #BackBalcombe
People called it the 'fracking village' - now Balcombe's going solar. Let's help them out! http://backbalcombe.org #BackBalcombe
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