Praise Community for Solar Power Program

Solar Panel House

Target: Julian Fitzsimons, Chairman of REPOWERBalcombe Co-operative

Goal: Commend group’s efforts to establish a clean, renewable energy plan for their village

The small village of Balcombe gained worldwide attention in 2013 when residents staged dramatic protests against a company that attempted to drill natural gas wells in the southeastern region of the United Kingdom. They forced the drilling company to put their plans on hold and have now established a new energy collaborative that looks to generate enough power for the entire community from rooftop solar panels funded by members of the village. The group, REPOWERBalcombe, should be commended for their efforts to demonstrate the benefits of community renewable energy as an alternative to the current energy production model.

Fossil fuel companies dominate energy and economic systems in the UK and worldwide. Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground in order to fracture rocks and release energy. It poses risks to both the environment and its inhabitants. Solar power harnesses the energy of the sun and is considered to be a safe alternative to drilling the earth for natural gas.

Commend the residents of Balcombe for their proactivity and ingenuity as they launch a campaign to raise awareness and financial support for their solar power initiative. Many people have stood up to fossil fuel companies but few have taken the initiative to design alternative solutions. Applaud their efforts to ensure that their community’s electricity can be sourced from 100 percent community owned, locally generated renewable energy.


Dear Mr. Fitzsimons,

I have recently learned about REPOWERBalcombe Co-operative’s solar energy plan. I commend your proactive efforts to establish community owned, locally generated renewable energy as an alternative to current energy systems which are harmful to the environment.

Despite claims from fossil fuel companies that fracking is a safe process, drilling for natural gas poses a threat to the environment and to the people and animals inhabiting it. Solar power is a viable, smart alternative.

I applaud your ingenuity and want to raise awareness about your solar panel initiative. Your actions will surely serve as a model and inspire others around the world to develop community based, environmentally friendly energy programs.


[Your Name Here]

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