“Fracking Village” Going Solar

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Originally published on Solar Love.

A website titled Back Balcombe writes: “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.”

But this meeting resulted in more than complaining. It was one of countless such meetings across the world that led to a clean energy transition. In this case, 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.”

There isn’t a lot more info there, but there’s an option to sign up for updates, and I did snap a few screenshots that I think are worth seeing:

Solar Power Price

Germany Renewables


Yes, I’m sure that first one looks familiar to many of you, as it’s the same one we often share but with white bars instead of blue. The source of the data is Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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5 thoughts on ““Fracking Village” Going Solar

  • Fracking is going to happen all over the World as the conventional Oil fields are depleting. Only way to escape is for people to buy more fuel efficient vehicles and EVs.

    • I agree. We’ve got to do an end run around fossil fuels. Simply replace them with something cheaper and better.

      And we’ve got cheaper and better in hand. (Well, we’ve got to get battery prices down some more….)

    • Yep, people need to realize that the best way to fight fossil fuels is to remove demand for them.

  • Zach, you fixed it.

  • Germany making the rest of us feel like idiots. Thanks Germany. So there’s little debate that environmentally, fracking is pretty messed up. Some argue that it may even be at the root of larger environmental phenomena, as is the case with Texas. On the other hand however, we have the ongoing Russia/Ukraine conflict that is putting extraneous force on gas production independence, and so we end up with two opposing forces. So far, I’ve enjoyed following the content and commentary on PressReader (http://www.pressreader.com/profile/Spotlight/bookmarks/fracking) and can’t wait to see how the story, so to speak, unfolds.

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