NICE ‘One to Watch’ WINNER @ Social Enterprise Awards 2015

NICE ‘One to Watch’ WINNER @ Social Enterprise Awards 2015

NICE a Northern Ireland, pioneering, community energy benefit society, are delighted to have received, SENI’s ‘One to Watch’ 2015 award @ their evening ceremony in the Dunadry Hotel. This was a significant and much appreciated recognition of achievement for our pioneering, Northern Ireland, community owned, renewable energy enterprise.  Anne Ford and Karen Arbuckle split their day & evening attendance @ the Social Enterprise Conference and Evening Awards on 20th October 2015, Dunadry Hotel, Co. Antrim. Click on this link to view video footage of the awards and NICE – SENI 2015 Awards...
NICE Facilitate a Co-Operative Alternatives Study Tour Visit as part of Co-Operative Convergence Fortnight

NICE Facilitate a Co-Operative Alternatives Study Tour Visit as part of Co-Operative Convergence Fortnight

20th October 2015 at NICE Co-Op members – Ashden, North Belfast – 12 kW solar pv installation Tiziana O’Hara and Jo Bird the driving forces behind Co-operative Alternatives organised a very successful Study Tour of Northern Ireland Co-ops plus an international discussion on Co-op responses to Austerity as part of the all-Ireland Co-operative Convergence Festival. On Tuesday October 20 a group of people interested in exploring the co-operative model were taken on a half day tour to see the work of the Northern Ireland Community Energy society, the Belfast Cleaning Co-operative, the Credit Union for Teachers in Northern Ireland in Finaghy Road South and the Creative Workers Co-operative in King Street. Those taking part on the study tour included Anne Ford, from the Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE), whose successful community share offer was supported by the Community Shares, ready! programme commissioned by the Building Change Trust and delivered by Co-operative Alternatives. During the visit Anne Ford showed the PV solar panels installed on the Ashton Centre , explained the aims of NICE, adding that the centre was one of the 13 community and voluntary groups that her co-operative has worked with as part of its mission to encourage the use of more green energy. The reaction to the study tour was very positive from those who took part, including Dr Alastair Herron from Ulster University’s School of Art, who believes that it is a model that could be adopted by graduates looking at career choices after they have completed their studies. He said: “The tour was excellent and very informative. It is great to see local co-operatives developing...
Drumlin Wind Energy & NICE Co-Ops Community Energy Afternoon

Drumlin Wind Energy & NICE Co-Ops Community Energy Afternoon

Held on 5th September 2015 at Breezemount, Connor The weather was absolutely fabulous, a gorgeous, cloudless, very sunny day with a lovely slightly cool good wind, perfect weather conditions for this joint co-operative renewable energy showcase celebrating Community Energy Fortnight 2015. Drumlin and NICE are currently in Northern Ireland pioneering community owned renewable energy co-operatives.  Northern Ireland lags far behind GB, EU and international progress in this industry. Rodney & Karen were the first landowners that entrepreneur Andrew McMurray had approached and signed on board in leasing a site to Drumlin.  Both Rodney as a Board Director and Karen supporting E4all in marketing and communications have been actively involved in Drumlin Wind Energy Co-Operative.  Following this involvement Karen was approached and has been engaged on a voluntary basis as a Director in NICE, Northern Ireland’s first energy co-op established as a community benefit society, an initiative brought about by Cye Bannon. In continuing their support to both co-operatives and community renewable energy initiatives the Arbuckle family were more than happy to host this event to highlight, raise awareness within the local area and wider community, the work of these co-operatives, achievements to date and their desire and commitment to progress promotion and development of community owned renewable energy projects utilising energy efficiency practices and technologies. The co-ops were delighted with the response and support shown for this event.  Some 60 people came along on the day, a diverse mix of interests – co-operative members, neighbours, friends, family and interested groups both North and South Ireland. The Board’s of both Drumlin and NICE wish to convey their thanks and appreciation...