Another Shining Accolade for NICE

Another Shining Accolade for NICE

Action Renewables Awards 2016 – NICE Won Best Community Renewable Energy Project On 31st March 2016, Director, Karen Arbuckle represented NICE at Action Renewables 2016 Awards held at Titantic, Belfast.  NICE enjoyed we believe the most competitive and award winner table at the event!  Karen, NICE was seated with Nigel, Lawrence & Louise, Bryson Energy; Tiziana & Rodney, Drumlin Wind Energy Co-Op and Pearce & Zoe, BCH.  Despite the competiveness commaraderie and well wishes were sincere and of course there was a bit of good N.I. craic too. NICE received winning first place in the category Best Community Renewable Energy Project which was sponsored and presented by Belfast Health & Social Care Trust!  A list of all the category results can be found on the Action Renewables website. Of course we couldn’t let the afternoon go without some photographs of the event.  The feature photograph is of NICE ‘shareholders’ Lawrence, Karen and Nigel.  The last photo is Tiziana O’Hara, Co-Operative Alternatives who provided support to NICE through the Community Shares Ready Programme funded by Building Change Trust and Karen,...
A Second NICE Solar PV Project & Community Share Offer!!

A Second NICE Solar PV Project & Community Share Offer!!

The “NICE2” project aims to further add up to 10 solar panel installations at between 4 & 12 Kwp each on the roofs of charities and social enterprises in Northern Ireland. At a recent General Meeting, NICE members supported the Board proposal for a second share offer. Initial financial projections have shown the financial viability of the current plan and projected a potential 4% return on members’ shares plus full share capital repayment. Our plan is to issue the share document mid-April 2016 and complete the potential installations in advance of yet again another policy change at the end of September 2016 which will decrease the ability of communities to own and carry out renewables projects. We have attached a pledge form for your attention which will help us measure the level of interest in the new share offer. If you prefer, you can complete the pledge online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DHXBFMN . It would be ideal if you could send us the form back by the 11th April 2016. Please feel also free to pass it to anyone you know who may be interested to support the project and become a member of NICE. Thank...
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...