Renewables in the Peak – Public Opinion

Hope Valley Climate Action carried out a renewable energy survey at the start of this year, to better understand opinions about renewables in the Hope Valley.   Download report

Response

We heard from 679 people,  61% of whom live in the Hope Valley, 16% elsewhere in the Peak, and 22% are visitors. 30% are members of a climate or environmental group; 70% are not.

Overall attitudes

Overall, attitudes towards renewables in the Peak Park were positive, with 60% of respondents prepared to consider renewables in the Peak Park, and only 13% saying no – the remaining 27% said they might consider them. Across all respondents, 91% of people see reducing carbon emissions as important when considering proposals for renewable installations in the Hope Valley – 66% of people see itit is very important.

Concerns and energy efficiency

72% of respondents concerned about their energy bills and energy costs are a significant factor to people.  61% of people with homes that are not well insulated say that they would seriously consider insulating their homes at a cost of £10-20k if a grant covered half of the cost. This rises to 90% of people if the grant was three-quarters of the cost.

Preferences for renewable options

Various sources of renewable energy might be implemented across the Hope Valley, and indeed, it is likely that a combination of different sources will be used in the future. In order of preference, the percentage of respondents that like each option or like a lot is:

  • domestic roof solar    89%
  • non-domestic solar    90%
  • large solar array    68%
  • floating solar     66%
  • single small wind turbine    68%
  • single large wind turbine    59%
  • multiple (5) large wind turbines    46%
Community benefit

The majority of respondents held positive views towards large scale renewables in the Hope Valley being owned and managed by a Community Benefit Society, with any profits ploughed back into the community. 

Get in touch

What are your views? Please get in touch with us at hopevalleyclimateaction@gmail.com, or hvca.energy.group@gmail.com to let us know what you think.

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The aim is to combat climate change by encouraging everyday walking and cycling, increasing the use of high quality public transport, and reducing the use of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. These steps will also improve the quality of life of residents and visitors by enhancing road safety and reducing the noise and disruption resulting from traffic.

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Travelling Light is a nationally significant sustainable travel pilot, unlocking the conditions for transformative change in two key areas: Decarbonising rural travel, and Improving the experience of a significant landscape for all.

The aim is to combat climate change by encouraging everyday walking and cycling, increasing the use of high quality public transport, and reducing the use of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. These steps will also improve the quality of life of residents and visitors by enhancing road safety and reducing the noise and disruption resulting from traffic.

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