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Volunteer and Investor Experiences

Sheffield Renewables is only possible thanks to the dedication of its volunteers and the kindness of those who donate money and invest through our Share Offers. We asked some of our volunteers and investors to explain a little more about why they got involved, their answers are detailed on the pages below. Many of our volunteers also take positions as part of our Board, and you can find out more about them by visiting the page about Our Board.

VOLUNTEER

Michael Bamford

VOLUNTEER

Why did you get involved in Sheffield Renewables?
I wanted to get involved in a project that I thought was both worthwhile and interesting. I was already interested in the Renewable Energy industry from a planning perspective and wanted to help promote it.

What do you do for Sheffield Renewables?
I look after the Facebook and Twitter

How do you benefit from your involvement with Sheffield Renewables?
I am gaining valuable experience in something I am genuinely interested in.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Sheffield Renewables?
Climbing, Running, Mountain Biking and Photography.

HYDRO TEAM MEMBER

Rowan Watson-Taylor

HYDRO TEAM MEMBER

Why did you get involved in Sheffield Renewables?
I’ve been a water power enthusiast all my life, right back to being a toddler fascinated with Shepherd Wheel. When I first encountered Sheffield Renewables at the Green Fair in Summer 2009 I was ecstatic about the Kelham Island project and determined to help it happen, for the huge cultural and historical significance of Sheffield once again having a commercially operating water wheel as well as the renewable energy generated. “Zuppinger Water Wheel” was entered into Google and You Tube as soon as I got home.
What do you do for Sheffield Renewables?
My involvement has included helping to survey levels along the Kelham Island goit to establish the head that can be achieved, gaining experience in using a theodolite for the first time. I have also helped to organise rubbish and silt clearing workdays, consulting the Environment Agency on pollution control considerations and ordering the collection of the rubbish we clean out. Of course I also take part in the workdays themselves, which are always a lot of fun.
How do you benefit from your involvement with Sheffield Renewables?
Working with people who share my ambitions and philosophies. As the politicians and business leaders are in denial over the poisoning of the planet and direction that society is heading, you can’t go far wrong by joining a small group of enlightened people who get up off their backsides and do something. I also relish the opportunity of having some involvement in a water wheel project, feeling that I have waited all my life for this to happen!
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Sheffield Renewables?
I work for Moors for the Future, based at Edale. The work involves conserving and restoring moorland which is vital work for so many reasons, such as biodiversity, recreation, carbon sequestration by formation of peat from sphagnum moss, curbing the sedimentation of reserviours and providing a store of water to release slowly into rivers to reduce flood risk. I work on contract management for tasks such as fencing, walling, bracken spraying and the blocking of grips (moorland ditches) to reverse the rather dotty post war idea of draining moorland for agricultural productivity. I work on Yorkshire Water land in the Pennines, from Thurlstone and Snailsden Moors, the source of the River Don, to as far north as Nidderdale. In my spare time I am a keen folk musician who plays fiddle and mouth organ, often playing in Fagan’s on Friday night. I am also currently restoring a 3ft 6in wooden model water wheel I built when I was 14.

INVESTOR

Ray

INVESTOR

How did you first get involved with Sheffield Renewables?
I am interested in renewable energy. I came across Sheffield Renewables whilst surfing the web for anything to do with green energy, particularly hydro.
Why did you choose to invest in Sheffield Renewables?
I like the idea of being involved with a share offer like this because it is an unobtrusive form of renewable energy and it is local.
In what way do you expect to benefit from your investment?
Naturally I hope my money is secure, but the most important aspect for me is being involved in a scheme like this. I hope it will encourage others to invest in community renewable energy and begin other schemes.
Please tell us a bit more about yourself.
My many interests include oral history, photography and cooking. I also enjoy going to the theatre, walking and travelling the Peak District by bus. I am 62 and work full-time as a joiner for a company that I own with a colleague.