Mysteries Cloaked in Mist: Invisible Innovation at a Welsh Country House

In this series of posts, Sophie McGovern explores debate and innovation around renewable energy and sustainability Plas Newydd was shrouded in mist when we arrived at 8.30 on a chilly spring morning. As well as obscuring views of Snowdonia National Park it was also concealing other mysteries. I’d travelled to the property on the Isle of…

Solar Planning and our Precious Places- the Big Debate

In this series of posts, Sophie McGovern explores debate and innovation around renewable energy and sustainability Here at National Trust we think solar PV is a fantastic renewable technology. It’s set to become the cheapest low-carbon technology based on current projections, and it is argued that solar will put a ceiling on our rising energy costs, not…

Support for Solar Trade Best Practice Guidance

New renewable energy sources, such as solar farms, are vital as low carbon sources of energy to power this country. However, the National Trust has always argued that it is essential that these schemes are realised in tune with landscapes and the natural environment. Communities have raised concerns about the ecological and visual impact of solar farms.…

Invitation To Join Our Snowdonia Hydro Tour

On September 8th the National Trust is hosting a free Hydro Tour in Snowdonia as part of the ‘Community Energy Fortnight’, which aims to engage communities with local energy possibilities and inspire others to generate and save energy.   Hydro schemes are an integral part of the community energy projects in Snowdonia and the Mountain…

Delightful Discoveries at Dinefwr

In this blogpost  Morwenna Slade goes to Dinefwr Park in South Wales to explore their new solar installation.  “So, how was your trip to Dinefwr?” “Well, I had a ride in an electric car, I saw some beautiful parkland and I had all my preconceptions about ground mounted solar arrays blown out of the water.”…

Goldilocks and the Renewables

It is not often that you hear a large organisation referring to its renewable energy programme in terms of a fairly tale. More commonly renewable energy issues are enshrouded in gloom, generating fear either about not enough being done, or the negative impact of new installations on landscapes. But not so at the National Trust.…