PROJECT ERIC ENDS

End of ERIC

Project Eric recently came to an end at a celebration event held at Rose Hill Community centre. The event brought together over 60 people from the local community, including residents, Anneliese Dodds MP, local Councillor Ed Turner and the ERIC project partners.

Through Project Eric, a total of 74 households in Rose Hill installed solar electric (PV) panels and 82 households, trialled Moixa’s new smart batteries since its launch in 2015.

The batteries help households to use more of their solar energy by storing surplus electricity when the sun is shining and making this available at night, or on cloudy days. Since the project began participating residents have saved over a third on their electricity bills on average, reducing their carbon emissions (a greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change) by half.

The project has also brought the first electric car club car to Rose Hill, managed by Co-Wheels, and made possible the installation of 112 panels on Rose Hill Primary school, working with the Low Carbon Hub.

ERIC was a research and innovation project funded by the government, generously supported by social landlords Oxford City Council and Greensquare. ERIC remains one of the largest domestic battery trials to have taken place in the UK to date. The learning is now being taken forward to inform a new wave of energy projects across Oxfordshire and beyond.

During the event, presentations were delivered, and delicious food was served by the Asian Women’s group. Oxford City Council gave their perspective as a social landlord managing 48 of the ERIC homes. Bioregional and Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon Group (RHILC) shared experiences from the community engagement and the residents taking part. Moixa shared the developments in their battery technology and Oxford Brookes University provided a summary of the results from monitoring data.

Andy Edwards, project manager with environmental Charity, Bioregional, who led the community engagement in ERIC said:

“The final event was a great celebration of many years of hard work. ERIC has put Rose Hill on the map as a renewable energy pioneer.

We are immensely grateful to everyone involved, but particularly the residents and members of the low carbon group, without whom the project would not have been possible in Rose Hill.

We hope to keep working in Rose Hill for many years to come, supporting the transition to cleaner energy.”

Bioregional are continuing to work with RHILC, Low Carbon Hub and Oxford City Council to find new ways that Rose Hill can reduce carbon emissions and lower fuel bills for its residents. Some new projects under exploration include the use of waste heat from the Sainsbury’s at Heyford Hill to deliver low carbon, lower cost heating for Council tenants and a new ‘Energy Local’ model which would see households sharing energy, extending the benefits of solar energy more widely.

You can sign up to Co-wheels to gain access to electric car at the community centre by visiting: www.co-wheels.co.uk. You can find out more about environmental initiatives in Rose Hill by joining attending a RHILC meeting. These are usually held on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm at Rose Hill Community centre. Please contact Eleanor at: rosehill.iffley.low.carbon@gmail.com for more details.