On Friday 19th October: to mark Great Green Britain Week we brought together our MP Maria Caulfield, local councillors, college electrical students, community energy pioneers Ovesco and business founders of the Newhaven Green Triangle, to talk about renewable energy projects in the Community.
Lisa Jepson of the UTC said: “The green economy will create thousands of new jobs, and it is important that our education system is supporting young people to grasp the opportunities that will be on offer. We want our existing students to benefit from this growing sector of the economy, so we were delighted to host this event.”
Maria Caulfield MP said “Ovesco and Green Triangle are playing an important role in helping to green our towns and villages and plough the profits back into local communities. Their work is a win win for all, and I support their projects and initiatives. The Harbourside building is ideally placed as a green centre for education and community energy and I will back initiatives to keep it in that role.”
The panels of speakers, Maria Caulfield MP, Chris Rowland Ovesco, Ollie Pendered of Community Energy South and Mark Beaumont of Newhaven Green Triangle told the assembled audience about completed solar energy projects that have been developed by Ovesco and are owned by local community members as well as innovative new ideas such as the traction project whereby renewable energy will be injected directly into the rail network rather than the national grid.
Students engaged with lively questions – particularly about the possibilities of using the wave and tidal resources of the sea and Ouse.
After the presentations councillors, students and renewables advocates networked to see if they could find new ways to “green” Newhaven and also develop more green business opportunities in the town. The Ovesco are still keen to find roof top projects in the town to create benefit for local residents and community groups and are contactable through firstname.lastname@example.org. Green Triangle who are keen to create green tourism and educational trips in the area can be contacted by email: