NICE Launch 2nd Share Offer (press release)

NICE Launch 2nd Share Offer (press release)

On 25th April 2016, Mornington Community Project hosted NICE2 Official Share Offer Launch High demand for low cost electricity from a host of third sector organisations has prompted Northern Ireland’s only solar energy co-operative to launch a second major Community Share offer.  NICE2 Share Offer Document. Almost 40 community organisations have expressed an interest in this ambitious solar energy project that will see their electricity bills slashed in half. Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE) today launched NICE2, its second community share offer to raise £130,000, which will enable them to install solar panels free of charge for up to ten charitable and community organisations. Last year NICE – Northern Ireland’s only solar energy co-operative – raised an impressive £150,000 with its first community share issue enabling them to install solar panels to benefit 13 organisations. One of those organisations is the Mornington Community project, hosted today’s launch. It is a member of the co-operative and benefited from free solar panels last year. Heather Carey, Board member of the Mornington Community project, said: “As Mornington continues to grow and expand, the benefits of reduced energy costs means the organisation is able to save and continue to invest in the people of the Lower Ormeau, now and for years to come.” NICE Director Karen Arbuckle said the co-operative, which was launched almost exactly a year ago, has made a big impact in the third sector. She added: “Thirty seven organisations have expressed an interest this time round. Because we were able to achieve so much last year it has given us the incentive to go ahead with another project. There is huge...
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...
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...
An Invitation to join Drumlin Wind Energy & NICE at their first community renewable energy event!

An Invitation to join Drumlin Wind Energy & NICE at their first community renewable energy event!

Click to Register Saturday 5th September 2015 – 2:00 until 4:00 pm – Breezemount, 66 Parkgate Road, Connor, Ballymena BT42 3PF Marking ‘Community Energy Fortnight’ Northern Ireland’s community energy co-operatives – Drumlin Wind Energy & Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE) are jointly holding a community renewable energy afternoon at ‘Breezemount’, Drumlin’s 4th wind turbine location. This is a free community event open to all.  We welcome our members, family, friends and community representatives to come along see first-hand and learn more about Northern Ireland community energy co-operatives and renewable energy.  There will be something of interest for all ages at our fun & relaxed renewable energy day! Directors & technical experts of both co-operatives will be on-hand to discuss & answer any questions about these wind and solar enterprises. You also will have an opportunity to view solar equipment and see inside Drumlin’s wind turbine! We do hope you can join us and would ask that in order to facilitate car parking and catering arrangements you would let us know by clicking the ‘register here’ button above. NB  This event is FREE.  You are welcome to promote your business at this event however you will need to bring your own table/stands should you wish to do so....