Ashwater rooftop solar video – transcript
Various aerial and close up shots of the village provide a backdrop to the video.
Text overlay: Ashwater in Devon is a tiny village – population 673. But it has a giant green footprint. Faced with rising costs at the new parish hall, they installed rooftop solar panels – not only earning money for power sold back to the grid, but also preserving the beautiful views.
Ivan Buxton from CPRE Devon then speaks:
Ivan: ‘We’re now raising more money to try and get another set of panels because of the massive hike in electricity costs.’
Text overlay: The panels provide power and lighting for activities like the table tennis club and the next door village shop.
Ronald Knight, a farmer, speaks.
Ronald: ‘I’ve got no problem on roofs. I mean all buildings, farm buildings, all new buildings should have them on.’
Evanda Hill, a villager, then speaks:
Evanda: ‘It keeps all the costs down. So you know, that’s the critical part isn’t it, with this new energy crisis. So yes it’s a huge positive.’
Text overlay: There are also panels at a brownfield site on the village outskirts.
Ivan: ‘One of the things we discovered very early on is that a lot people in the village don’t like the idea of farmland being turned over to industrial use or energy use. It’s there for feeding people. And this is a very good example of a small development right next to the village, from which the villagers benefit.’