On 18th September, CEB held a tour of Ackers Adventure and picnic as part of the national Community Energy Fortnight. We had 12 people attend, including members, directors and friends and friends and family of attendees who did not necessarily have a strong interest in community owned renewable energy, but were open to a fun day out.
We met with the site manager of the Ackers, and he led us around the site to the different buildings, explaining what the Ackers did along the way. We also went up the 20metre high climbing tower that the Ackers has, to get an excellent view of all our installations, and to tell the story of the wind turbine that never was. We finished up with a bring and share picnic in the sunshine.
The event was really convivial and relaxed. Everyone enjoyed hearing about what the Ackers does (given that it’s rather a hidden ‘green gem’ in an extremely industrialised part of the city), and were pleased to hear that our work with them has helped them to be more resilient as an organisation, in terms of reducing their fuel bills. The picnic was also lovely; it built a sort of community spirit in the shadow of our community owned kit!