The village has shown considerable sustained interest in Energy issues. Whilst no major project of electricity generation has been built, a lot has been learned, and already the village generates about 4% of its annual electricity use. This generation is from around 30 domestic Photvoltaic (PV) installations, the PV on the Church and Community Centre and the School wind turbine.
The village has been successful in winning funding for investigations;
2011 – LEAF
Local Energy Assessment Fund award from DECC for Investigation into energy performance of a range of village house types.
A promotional video can be found here https://youtu.be/hGROxrTllC8.
Investigation into capacity of a council owned field to support a solar array.
Results of house case studies can be seen at;
DECC evaluation report of the national leaf programme;
2013 – RCEF
Rural Community Energy Fund grant for more detailed investigation into Wind PV and Anaerobic Digestion at all scales up to sufficient to make village self sufficient in electricity.
A viable option was identified, but could not be implemented as set out in final report accessible here;
Selected as one of 7 communities to work with Western Power Distribution (WPD) our local low voltage electricity provider to receive demand data from the 4 village substations. The objectives of the OpenLV programme are to use the real time substation loading data to help communities raise awareness of when their local system is under stress, and to encourage changing behaviour by running appliances (dishwashers, etc), at a later time. This awareness will become more important as the use of electric vehicles increases.
A new Energy Group has been formed under the umbrella of the Marshfield Community Land Trust to manage the OpenLV project, to explore other avenues in connection with Energy Saving, Renewable Energy, dealing with power outages, and towards improving village power supply resilience. It is intended that information gathered will be made available to the community and the MCLT to inform some of their considerations of standards.