Solar Power takes off

Indian solar power prices hit record low, undercutting fossil fuels

Tim Buckley, a director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said the most important factor driving a rush of international investment in Indian renewables was the “transparency, longevity and certainty” of the country’s energy policy.

“That is absolutely critical because when you invest for 25 to 35 years, you need certainty and clarity of policy,” he said.

Can the UK catch up with its former colony?

Cherwell Compost Giveaway

Compost giveaway for happy gardeners: Saturday 18 April 2015 from 09:00 to 13:00

At Kidlington, Exeter Hall, OX5 1AB

Kidlington vs Climate Change will be present to keep people abreast of good news.

AGM – Monday 13th April 2015

Our next Monday meeting will be in the Blue Room of Kidlington Baptist Church Hall (not at the Red Lion), starting at 19:30.

After a short annual general meeting we aim to discuss some Reasons to be Cheerful on the issue of Climate Change.

A first reason to be cheerful will be presented by Anthony Simpson of the Low Carbon Hub about a proposed community funded ground mounted solar project near Kidlington: @LowCarbonHub

Kidlington vs Climate Change – Our 5th year, our 4th Eco Fair

Exciting times for Kidlington vs Climate Change, our 5th year has seen the expansion of our group and a flurry of activity on our ever growing mailing list, bringing us renewed energy and vigour. Just look how much we’ve achieved….

July (2011) – KvsCC stand at the Kidlington Gala.
September – we entered a themed flower arrangement for the flower festival in St Mary’s Church, demonstrating the creative talents of Lin MacDonald and Janet Warren.
October – we had a table outside Barclays Bank on a Saturday morning, raising awareness of our activities.  It was the first frosty morning heralding winter; brrrrr.
November – was busy!  We took part in the Midcounties Co-operative’s Love Food Hate Waste event in the Kidlington store; worked with the local Scouts on their Global Challenge project; and at the end of the month we attended the Christmas lights switch-on event, distributing our Christmas leftovers recipe leaflet.
December – a Saturday morning table outside Barclays Bank again to coincide with carol singing outside the Co-op.
Throughout the autumn – KvsCC member Andrew Williamson organised our Low Carbon Living programme where several households came together for six meetings on     lighting and appliances; heating and insulation; travel; food and cooking; stuff (consumption and waste); and green energy.  We plan to run it again from September 2012.
January – for the final Low Carbon Living meeting we included a talk, open to all, from Rob Worthy of Solaflair, a Kidlington based renewable energy company.
March – our regular Green Drinks night (8pm, first Tuesday of each month at the Squire Bassett) was privileged to receive a perspective on nuclear energy from Dr Derek Pooley CBE, former Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.  The discussion was lively, and Pooley’s perspective on its place in our transition to low carbon living was a healthy challenge for some in the room.
March – a film night at the Baptist Church hall with ‘Beyond the Brink’, a short film made by a local young film maker.  The evening concluded with refreshments and a good question and answer session.
April – generating interest in our Abundance project – all about finding and using surplus fruit and nuts growing in Kidlington.  We hope to start some activity this year.  Email us at to go on the list to hear about events.

Right now we are working hard on organising our flagship event, the Kidlington Eco Fair, Saturday 16th June, 12-4pm at Exeter Hall.  This year we have secured three pedal generators making electricity to do things like inflate “bin-liner monsters”, light up a row of lamps etc.  As well as fun for kids, we’ll feature local food; recycling, upcycling; home energy; home insulation; textiles; composting; clothing; transport; energy generation; lighter living; inspiration; answers; information.  Refreshments and home-made cakes will be on sale.

Steve Gerrish
May 2012