We worked with Knowle West Media Centre for our October 2016 open meeting, held 12 October.
The aim of the meeting was to hear from two different communities that have been actively involved in energy. Residents of Knowle West and Easton shared what they have learned about energy issues during the running of energy projects in their communities. In the second half of the meeting, we got together in small groups to discuss what we’d heard and explore ways to take ideas forward.
Short talks were:
Re:Work are a local charity in Knowle West that supports the community through practical projects to improve the neighbourhood. They have been involve in community energy projects for many years including the Re:draught project tackling draughty homes and working in partnership with Knowle West Media Centre on their Sola project. More recently they are expanding their energy projects to include an energy switching campaign funded by the Bristol Community Energy Fund to go along side the Re:draught project and are looking to expand this to include thermal imaging with the CHEESE (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) project.
Knowle West Media Centre has been undertaking some exciting energy projects over the years:
The award wining Sola Project was a pilot project that put solar on residents homes and battery storage to explore how this technolgy might be deployed. They have also recently been working with residents in Easton on a citizen sensing project (Bristol Approach) exploring tackling damp homes amoungst other things.
Easton Energy Group and Bristol Energy Network have been working with Knowle West Media Centre on the Bristol Approach project together, sharing tools from the network including thermal imaging cameras and damp sensors.
Replicate-smart city will be focused in Easton but is a 5-year European funded programme exploring Smart Cities come along and find out what is planned for this community and how this might be an approach that is rolled out across the city.