327. Heartlands – A Pioneering Community Project

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Coop Name: Renewable Energy Co-operative N° of Employees: 30
City: Truro N° of Members: 20
Country: United Kingdom Year of formation: 2008
Website: http://www.r-eco.co.uk Twitter: Link
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We are a worker owned co-operative specialising in renewable energy solutions for commercial, agricultural, domestic and community projects. As a co-operative we are passionate about helping people making independent decisions about their energy sources and education people about green energy solutions through talks, transition town meetings, activities and community schemes.

Photo Credits: Peter Channon from Over Cornwall overcornwall@yahoo.com

The Renewable Energy Co-operative (R-ECO) has become part of a ground breaking community project based in the heart of Cornwall. The 33 Million pound big lottery funded project, named “Heartlands” regenerated a dilapidated mining area in Pool Cornwall into a “cultural playground” for the local community and visitors. The Heartlands boasts business units, performance and events spaces, community facilities, a museum, local produce café and restaurant and residential accommodation and are striving to create a carbon neutral environment through the contribution of R-ECO’s BIPV (Buildings Integrated Photovoltaic). Heartlands now boast a 65 KW BIPV system thanks to R-ECO which will produce 1.4 million KW in its 25 year lifespan. Abe Cambridge, R-ECO’s technical director said “Heartlands is a one-of-a-kind, amazingly innovative and ground breaking project. We are witnessing the transformation of an iconic bygone era without the loss of its integrity and replacing it with a new sustainable environment from a both social and technological point of view.”

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Claire Martin
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