REPOWERBalcombe hopes to encourage other community energy projects to get started in repowering their local area. See REPOWERBalcombe’s story in our timeline below. We hope that this resource can help other community energy groups.

The Story of REPOWERBalcombe

26th February 2013

The Story of REPOWERBalcombe

Balcombe was turned upside-down with fracking in summer 2013. A group of villagers got together to find a positive response to all the division – generating their own power from the sun. This is their story.

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Public meeting in Bramble Hall

26th September 2013

Public meeting in Bramble Hall

After all the disruption of the summer, the village did what villages do best, they held a public meeting. The result? Balcombe’s own renewable energy co-op.

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First ever meeting of the Balcombe community energy group

3rd October 2013

First ever meeting of the Balcombe community energy group

Research on sites begins

10th October 2013

The group choose a name: REPOWERBalcombe

30th October 2013

The group choose a name: REPOWERBalcombe

FCA registration of co-op confirmed!

17th December 2013

FCA registration of co-op confirmed!

It’s official!

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All Balcombe residents receive REPOWERBalcombe Christmas card

24th December 2013

All Balcombe residents receive REPOWERBalcombe Christmas card

Merry Christmas and a happy, solar powered, new year.

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The website is commissioned

8th January 2014

The website is commissioned

Grange farm confirm they are on board

14th January 2014

Grange farm confirm they are on board

Family-run Grange farm are the first local site to agree to host solar panels owned by REPOWERBalcombe.

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The co-op is featured in the February edition of Balcombe Parish Council Magazine

1st February 2014

Photoshoot at Grange Farm

15th March 2014

Photoshoot at Grange Farm

Meet the REPOWERBalcombe team, children and dog.

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REPOWERBalcombe celebrate their launch in the pub, with cake

27th March 2014

REPOWERBalcombe celebrate their launch in the pub, with cake

We’re going to go out on a limb and say the arrival of oil drilling lorries didn’t involve this much cake.

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REPOWERBalcombe launches in The Times!

27th March 2014

REPOWERBalcombe launches in The Times!

“Now residents of the village at the centre of the fracking debate are trying to overcome the impression that they are Nimbys by making their community of 760 homes self-sufficient in electricity.”

See the full story here.

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REPOWERBalcombe appear in Greek press!

5th April 2014

REPOWERBalcombe appear in Greek press!

REPOWERBalcombe appears on Channel 4 news

16th April 2014

REPOWERBalcombe appears on Channel 4 news

“Balcombe may offer the blueprint for can-do communities all over the UK, for many more are facing the same issues when the 14th round of on-shore oil and gas licenses is announced later this year.”

Read the full story and watch the Channel 4 broadcast here.

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Founder member of REPOWERBalcombe Joe Nixon writes in the Guardian

17th April 2014

Founder member of REPOWERBalcombe Joe Nixon writes in the Guardian

“We’re not Nimbys. We recognise that we all need energy and that that energy has to come from somewhere … But we want the right to choose how we meet that challenge, and community-scale renewable technology gives us the chance to make that choice for ourselves.”

Read The Guardian article here.

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Another Guardian article!

15th August 2017

Another Guardian article!

“You feel like you are, forgive the pun, taking power back rather than being a victim of the big corporations.” – Patrick Barkham

Read the article here.

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