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FIlm on Britain's first solar powered town shortlisted

Date: 28 Nov 2011

Solarcentury film shortlisted for COP17 film award

A short film about one Cornish town’s determination to produce their power from solar has been shortlisted for a film award at COP17, the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCC), for exploring resilience to climate change.

This international recognition of community solar generation comes just as the UK government proposes to dramatically and controversially cut the Feed-in tariff support needed to kick-start such initiatives.

‘Britain’s First Solar Powered Town?’, produced by Solarcentury and Third Channel, is one of ten shortlisted films for the international Institute for Environment and Development’s 4th annual Development and Climate Days (D&C) Film Competition. The films will be screened at COP17 in Durban and the winning film announced at the D&C conference on Sunday 4th December. The D&C days will focus on “evidenced-based adaptation planning.”

Solarcentury’s film follows the Town of Wadebridge, in Cornwall as they attempt set the bar in climate change and energy resilience by generating at least a third of their electricity from solar and wind power by 2015. Inspired by the book, The Solar Century, the film is part of a YouTube series highlighting what can be done to remove dependence on fossil fuels at community scale. It will be shown on Freeview 87, Sky 539 and Virgin 233 on the Community Channel from Tuesday 29th November to kick off the new UK360 series on inspiring community stories.

Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network’s (WREN) groundbreaking initiative is now in crisis due to the UK government’s announcement to cut Feed-in tariffs prematurely and by over 50%. They have joined thousands of others in calling for the government to reconsider its decision, as groups including Friends of the Earth and Solarcentury launch legal action against the government.

WREN has chosen to work with Plug Into the Sun as one of their preferred partners because of a shared commitment to making Cornwall sustainable.

Join the Our Solar Future ‘Cut, don’t kill’ campaign here to protect projects like WREN and the UK’s solar future www.oursolarfuture.org.uk.

View the D&C shortlisted films here.