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Welcome to LLES

LLES is a local Charity working to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on the environment, encouraging people to save energy and to convert to renewable, non-polluting sources of energy wherever possible.

"Our aim is to make Llanidloes one of the first carbon neutral towns in Wales, and we have already made considerable progress" - Kevin Carey, past Chair to the Trustees.


Please browse our website, look at what we're doing, and then why not join us and help make Llanidloes a better town for everyone who lives here?




Stop Press:


PTLCC Conference/Gathering 2017:


Route Map to a Low Carbon Future ...

... what shall we do about transport?


PTLCC Transport 2017


Saturday October 14th @ Clyro Court, nr Hay on Wye


Powys Transition and Low carbon Communities network invite you to our final

OPCV lottery supported Autumn Conference - put the date in your diary now!


Two keynote speakers:


   Paul Allen of CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain and 


   Mike Woolacott of the National Low Carbon Centre together with


   Useful Workshops on how to lower the carbon footprint of our transport.


Tickets - £10 waged and £5 unwaged (include lunch and refreshments).


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In keeping with this year’s theme, there will be a FREE return bus from

Machynlleth to Clyro, picking up on the way at Carmo, Caersws,

Llanidloes, Rhayader, Llandrindod, Builth, (Llyswen). (To get your

place on the bus, please book before the 7th of October.)



Morning SpeakersPaul Allen and Mike Woolacott

Afternoon Session: Workshops, demonstrations and discussions...

Can we travel less? • Future of electric cars • Public Transport options • Methane buses? • Cycling • Waterways • Community car clubs • Local Food • Repair Reuse Reduce • and YOUR ideas ...


Paul and Mike will be joined by Andrew Capel (Llanidloes Car Club); Jon Hodges (Electric bikes); Paul Evans and Neil Lewis (Electric cars) and Alan Fay, PTLCC Chair.

You can extend the discussion, while reducing your carbon footprint, by taking the opportunity to travel to the conference on our FREE minibus. (book before the 7th October).


More info: Sally Owen, Administrator, Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities - email:







PTLCC Winter School 2017 presents:


"Story Telling for Changemakers"



with Inez Aponte


Inez Aponte



The first session of PTLCC Winter School 2017 set up for you. The excellent Inez Aponte will

be teaching "Story Telling for Changemakers". Those of you who attended her Real World

Economics last year will know what an inspiring and engaging teacher Inez is.  If you want

to learn how to get your message over more effectively,  book yourself onto this course.


Course details:


In this weekend workshop we will examine how stories shape our worldview and learn

how to harness their power to create positive social change.

Through games and exercises in a fun and supportive atmosphere you will learn:

• How to develop presence and authenticity

• How to shape your material so it holds the attention

• How to connect with your chosen audience

• How to tease out the key messages that can lead to action and transformation"


The course will be held at the Media Resource Centre in Llandrindod on


Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th of February 2017.


You can book here:



Please download the course pamphlet here:Story Telling for Changemakers pdf


Contact: Sally Owen, Administrator, Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities












High Street Llanidloes

(accessible from the Libers-tickets-31151475903rary car park)


The next Llani Green Drinks meeting will be

Thursday 17th november 2016,

7.30 pm.



Before the Flood


"Before the Flood" is a documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio that explores


where we are now in respect of our changing climate and, while it shows


the very environmentally damaging nature of modern life, all is not


doom and gloom!



After watching, I was surprised to find myself feeling quite optimistic and
enthusiastic to further reduce my carbon footprint.
Why not join us to see if it might have the same effect on you?

Free Event - All welcome!


Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Pam Williams 01686 413005

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)





Powys Transition Towns and Low carbon Communities network (PTLCC)

invite you to their 2016 Conference on

What Shall We Eat

Saturday 15th October 2016

The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells


10:15 am to 4:00 pm

All welcome - doors open 9:45 am.


Speakers include:

                Patrick Holden CBE (the Sustainable Food Trust & past Director of the Soil Association); 

Mark Williams (Farmers Union of Wales); Pamela Mason (nutrition writer & re-searcher);

Emma Maxwell (Cultivate, Cwm Harry Land Trust); Annie Levy & Jane Powell (Food values & social change);

Alan Fay (PTLCC); Mike Membery (PTLCC).


Conference fee includes lunch and refreshments,
£10 (waged) £5 (unwaged)*(bursaries available)


*does not include £1.21 or 0..90 non-refundable booking fee.


To book, go to: 

For more details, contact Sally Owen 01982 553398 






Welsh Government Warm Homes NEST Scheme


If you own or privately rent your home and you, or someone you live with receives a means

tested benefit, you may be eligible for home improvements at no cost. These may include a

new central heating boiler, loft insulation, or cavity wall or solid wall insulation.


If you are interested, please come along for a talk by Peter Hughes,

from the Welsh Government Warm Homes NEST Scheme,

to be held at:


The Herb Garden Cafe, Llandrindod Wells

at 7 pm

on Tuesday 27th September 2016.


Entry is free - cake and hot drink will be available at 7 pm.


More information from the NEST website: 

Or download the leaflet here: Nest Scheme Flier.


Enquiries to: Amanda Brick (Co-ordinator) - 01547 528265.






High Street Llanidloes
(accessible from the Library car park)


The next Llani Green Drinks meeting will be

Thursday 22nd September 2016,

7.30 pm.



"Food for Free"


We are starting the new season of Green Drinks with a talk by Daniel Butler, whom some of you may know through the fascinating Fungi Forays he runs from his Rhayader small-holding. You can check out his web-site here:


Join us and be inspired by Daniel's Knowledge and enthusiasm.



All welcome!





Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Pam Williams 01686 413005

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)




Recent Events and Information





Llanidloes Repair Cafe Proposal


Have you ever felt frustrated when you have had to throw away a
perfectly good item because it could not be repaired? Are you horified at
the amount of stuff going into landfill needlessly? Are you at odds with
Do you have practical skills you would like to offer?
The Repair Cafe initiative seeks to tackle some of these issues.
What is a Repair Cafe? The idea started in Amsterdam in 2007 and has
since spread all over the world. Its aim is to redue the amount of waste
going to landfill and to rediscover and value those practical skills that
we used to share in our communities.
Could we set one up locally? A member from the Llandrindod Repair Cafe
recently gave a talk in Llanidloes about the experience of setting up their
group, and how it has run successfully for the last four years. Currently
there are only two Repair Cafes in Wales, but they are hoping to spread
the idea, and a group of people are exploring whether it might be
feasible to have one in Llanidloes.
How does it work? Firstly we need to identify people who are willing to
fix things such as electrical items, bicycles, woodwork, sewing, jewellery,
crockery etc. Some basic tools are provided, and somewhere to meet
and chat and enjoy a cuppa and where things can be fixed by volunteers
in return for a small donation. Hopefully we can all learn some self-help
skills in the process.
If you have any skills to offer, or are keen on the idea of getting it going,
do contact us...
Email: or 'phone: 01686 411128
More information at





High Street Llanidloes
(accessible from the Library car park)


The next Llani Green Drinks meeting will be

Thursday 16th June 2016,

7.30 pm.


The True Cost



a film about the story behind our clothes.


What can we do about this?


Join the discussion!


All welcome!





Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Pam Williams 01686 413005

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)





The next Green Drinks will be on Thursday April 28th
when it will be combined with the LLES AGM.
at The Old Mill at 7 pm
followed by a talk by Powys-based Hugo Spowers
 on his Hydrogen Car:
Hugo Powers and Hydrogen Car




Everyone welcome!




Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Gwen Prince 01686 411128

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)







Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities network

in association with the Reconomy Project
invite you to our Winter School on:
Real World Economics (2 days)
Trainer: Inez Aponte, Transition Network
Date: Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th February 2016
Media Resource Centre (MRC)
Llandrindod Wells, Powys.
The next of our Winter School sessions may appeal particularly to those of you who enjoyed Powys REconomics.  Inez Laponte of the Well and Good project is booked to come to Llandrindod on the first weekend in February, to explore a new approach to creating local economic change based on real life needs.
It’s the end of ‘business as usual’. The time has come to weave together a new social reality in alignment with our values, and to create an economic system that benefits us all – a system that breaks through the false dilemma of austerity and consumption.
This course is one of the products of the Well & Good Project and is designed for community activists and organisers, policy makers, development workers, advocates for the ‘new economy’ and anyone interested in sparking community-led change. We explore a new approach to creating local economic change based on real life needs, increasing wellbeing, and taking effective action led by community groups. The course includes practical tools to engage your community, thought provoking presentations, group discussions and fun interactive exercises that will equip you to be an effective change-maker in your community.
(Inez Aponte was a member of Transition Bristol for a year and a half until moving to Totnes in September 2009. She is a facilitator, trainer and consultant in the Human Scale Development Approach, working with individuals and communities seeking to improve their quality of life in balance with the Earth’s ecology. With an arts and performance background she has been developing participatory learning processes since 1998 and has worked with organizations such as WWF, The British Council and The Soil Association. She is an accredited Trainer for the Transition Network, co-founded the Well & Good Project and works for Totnes-based Futurebound on their Leadership for Resiliency programme. She is also a member of the New Economics Organisers Network (NEON). At Transition conferences you will find her teaching harmony singing to innocent passers-by. She is currently on a mission to get the nation to slow down and bake bread with her latest project 'Loaves of Love'.)








High Street Llanidloes
(accessible from the Library car park)


The next Llani Green Drinks meeting will be

Thursday 28th January 2016,

7.15 for 7.30 pm.






Indigenous prayer ceremonies, pilgrimages, fasting, interfaith services.


What role did they play in the COP21 Talks?



Sarah Nightingale, who spent 2 weeks in Paris, will lead an interactive discussion


All welcome!




Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Gwen Prince 01686 411128

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)




Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities network
in association with the Reconomy Project
invite you to our 2015 Conference!
Powys REconomics
REthink! RElocalise! DEcarbonise!
Saturday 17th October 2015
at The Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells
10:45am – 3:30pm
(doors open at 10:00am)
Conference fee includes lunch & refreshments:
£10 waged, £5 unwaged, (Bursaries available)*
Advance booking essential from:
What the conference is about:
Introducing the REconomy Project to Powys; how local communities can
transform the economic destiny of rural mid Wales; offering opportunity
and hope despite the challenges; ways in which rural communities can
create new sustainable livelihoods and enterprises, and have real
influence on their local economic systems; more sustainable, equitable
systems of trade and exchange, anchored in wellbeing, rather than
economic growth at any cost.
A wide range of speakers including:
Anna Lodge & Fiona Ward, REconomy Project, Transition Network;
David Edwards, Heart of Wales Line Forum;
Andrew Fryer, Llangattock Green Valleys;
Martin Goulder, Calon Cymru;
Hugo Spowers, River Simple;
Nicholas Wilson Wales Cooperatives Centre;
Mick Brown Robert Owen Community Bank;
Tao Wimbush Lammas ecovillage project;
Mike Membery PTLCC Chair, Montgomery energy Group.
The conference is aimed at everyone interested in learning more about
sustainable rural economies whether from personal, community,
business, local government, or academic point of view. Attendees can
expect to take home inspiration for their own next steps as well as ways
to bring about strategic change in rural economies and support the
development of sustainable communities and livelihoods.
Topics include:
New ways of looking at money: Positive Money and Green Economics
REconomy and local economic change, 20 Key Enterprises & the
Transition Enterprise Handbook
Hydrogen Fuel Cell cars and a circular economy model of private
transport provision
The potential role of the railway in rural economies
Social Enterprises and Cooperatives
One Planet Housing and Community Land Trusts
Community Renewable Energy Cooperatives
To book  and for more detail go to
For even more details, and to enquire about bursaries
contact Sally Owen (01982 553398)


High Street Llanidloes
(accessible from the Library car park)




The next Llani Green Drinks meeting will be

Thursday 24th September 2015,

7.15 for 7.30 pm.


 Community Based Initiatives


Diana Berriman, former LLES Project Manager,

comes back to share her inspiring new ideas and

initiatives based in Llandrindod.



Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Gwen Prince 01686 411128

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)




High Street Llanidloes
(accessible from the Library car park)


Thursday 25th of June 2015


7.15 for 7.30pm


Climate and Reforestation on Mount Elgon, Uganda


A talk by John Harrington, who has been working with Fairtrade coffee co-ops

in Uganda for 5 years and is currently involved in a tree planting scheme

funded by Size of Wales 

Plant Tress Promotion



Plant Trees Detail

Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Gwen Prince 01686 411128

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)



Shares in Local Community Energy Schemes


Jeremy Thorp has been an active campaigner around Newtown for many years, mainly focussed around the issue of sustainability, localisation and local co-operation and has written to us at Lles about some Community Energy share offers. In his letter, Jeremy says:

"Although the Penarth Hydro project, in Newtown, has been foiled by heritage issues which prevent us building anything in the fish pass, other schemes that I am involved with through the work of Sharenergy are making better progress. We are working with several groups that have now got all their permits and are going ahead with construction. The following community energy schemes are currently looking for more shareholders, all offer interest on shares and are eligible for EIS tax relief.
Ludlow Hydro Co-operative, a 30kW Archimedes Screw in the middle of Ludlow on the Ludford horseshoe weir, due for construction this summer
Pomona Solar Co-operative, 250kW of ground mounted solar panels feeding into three rural businesses in Stoke Edith, just outside Hereford. Installation has already started but a few shares still need to be sold.
Corwen Electricity Co-operative, a 55kW Pelton Turbine just outside Corwen, ready to start construction as soon as the last bit of money is raised,
Heartland Wind Co-operative - Two 250kW wind turbines, in Scotland, offers 7% projected returns plus EIS tax relief, already raised £600,000 so far but need to raise an additional £1,200,000, so definitely needs your support.
Please do pass this on to friends and relations that might be keen to support community energy projects.
Thank you!
Jeremy Thorp.




High Street Llanidloes
(accessible from the Library car park)


Thursday 28th of May 2015


7.15 for 7.30pm


David Wilson

of Montgomery Energy Group (MEG)



Rocket Stoves:


New Super Efficient Heating Technology



David presents the fascinating story of the development from

humble African wood stoves to super efficient heating systems

that burn wood at 1000° C and far more efficiently than

current wood burners.



In the mid 1980's a new form of wood burning cooker stove, The Rocket Stove, was invented to help African Villagers cook their families food in a far more efficient manner by using far less wood. The "Roar" of the cooker stove was said to sound like a Rocket.. hence Rocket Stove.  This proved better both for the village environment and also better for the families whose children now had to spend less time searching for fuel, and faced less danger while doing so. In the USA others looked at the technology designed into the super efficient 'Rocket Stoves' and saw that with a little adaptation and development these could provide heating for homes worldwide that use far less wood, and are far more efficient than conventional wood burners. Here are 2 examples:



MEG Rocket Mass Heater

MEG Rocket Mass Heater


These home heating developments rely primarily on heating a large thermal mass made of readily available materials - COB  (Clay/Mud and Straw) or bricks or gravel.  As the 'Rocket Stoves' were adapted to heat this Thermal Mass within homes, that then slowly releases heat into the rooms, the technologies became known as Rocket Mass Heaters.  These systems keep almost all of the heat generated within the home. This presentation covers the background and early developments, the technology involved and the current adoption of these heaters in the USA, Germany and the UK.




Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Gwen Prince 01686 411128

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)




George Monbiot and George Marshall discuss Climate Change

For those of you who have missed this, here's a link to the Guardian's "Keep it in the Ground" campaign live talk with George Monbiot and (our very own) George Marshall discussing climate change. 
Your opinion is needed!
Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities (PTLCC) invites you to take part in an online survey, for you to tell us about the issues that are important to you within the community. 
You could win £250.00 in the prize draw!
Closing date May 31st (at midnight)   



Powys Environmental Partnership’s Small Grant Scheme


Powys Environmental Partnership’s Small Grant Scheme for 2015-16 is now accepting applications.
The Small Grant Scheme, supported by Natural Resources Wales, can support projects within Powys that will benefit the environment and communities of Powys especially those that address Climate Change and biodiversity.The grant will not fund advertising and direct marketing costs or work that should have been part of regular maintenance.
The maximum size of grants is £750. The closing date for the 'Spring' round of applications is 12th June 2015. There is a further 'Late Summer' application date of 11th September if you need more time.
All grants must be matched pound for pound either through the group’s own funds or by unpaid volunteer time and the project, which must be within Powys, has to be completed by 31st March 2016.
For more details, including the application form,  email or call 01597 826165




Past Green Drinks Topics:


On Thursday 19th June, Calum Carr, Rights of Way and Access Officer with Powys County Council, gave an interesting and most informative talk at the Green Drinks meeting at The Old Mill in Llanidloes, held under the auspices of LLES. He explained the role of the council in respect of footpaths, bridleways, etc. and informed us that his colleague, Carlton Parry, will be working within the Llanidloes town council area shortly and invited anyone interested in helping with path clearing, bridgebuilding, and other maintenance work, to get in touch. Volunteers will receive some training before being launched into the job! Unfortunately, it seems from information on the webpage that Powys isn't able to support any new volunteer groups and interested parties would need to join an existing group.

This link takes you to the appropriate P.C.C. page...


Green Deal and the Cambrians - A scoping study for the LEAF Project.

Andrew Wright has prepared a report on the Government's Grean Deal policy, which aims to reduce the energy consumption of both domestic and commercial buildings through the installation of a range of energy efficiency measures. Click the link below to view this report (Adobe pdf):

Green Deal and the Cambrians


Hydro-Power Opportunities in the Cambrian Mountains

TGVHydro have completed this report, which was commissioned by Llanidloes Energy Solutions Ltd for The Cambrian Mountains Initiative. The report identifies and assesses the potential of 70 sites for the development of small  scale hydro-electric power schemes within the Cambrian Mountains. Click the link below to view the document (Adobe pdf): 

Hydro-Power Opportunities in the Cambrian Mountains


Recent Activities:



Everyone welcome!




Green Drinks is a regular monthly forum held on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month.

Buy a drink and join the discussion

For details contact Gwen Prince 01686 411128

Organised by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES)



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Llanidloes & Area Open House Day - Saturday 20th April 2013


Llanidloes & Area Open-House Day

Inspiring, low energy homes open to the public


Discover how ten local home owners have transformed their ordinary houses into

inspiring low energy eco-houses.

Saturday 20th April 2013



LLES Ltd have organised another Open House event with properties showing a range of different technologies, including Ground Source Heat Pump, Solar, Wood Fuel Boilers, domestic Wind Turbine, secondary glazing, and good insulation.


The Open Day offers you the opportunity to see exactly what you could achieve in your own home and obtain practical advice on systems, products and installers from the house owners.


Also Llani Solar are taking part and having a couple of pellet boilers on show and a solar array.


Introducing the locations and details of the properties...



1. Llani Solar Offices, Unit 5d, Parc Derwen Fawr, Llanidloes  SY18 6FE        

There will be pellet boilers on show together with our working solar array. Visitors will be able to ask about their projects and get advice, together with tea, coffee and cakes! 


2. 19 China Street, Llanidloes SY18 6AB (next to The Mount Inn).

Super insulation and energy efficiency measures, wood pellet boiler.


3. Dol-Llys Hall, Oakley Park Road, off Trefeglwys Road, Llanidloes SY18 6JB

House divided into 7 flats. All heated by a wood pellet boiler.


4. 3 Glantrannon, Trefeglws, Llanidloes SY17 5PL.

Small mid-terrace ex-council house, with 12 PV solar panels, wood stove and well insulated. The hot water is heated by immersion, so turned on when the PV panels are generating. A good example of how modest housing can be adapted to be cheap to run.

Directions – from Llanidloes, once in Trefeglws, pass the Community Shop and Garage on the left. Follow road round to the right, continue past the Community Centre. Take the first right, at Mantles Garage. No. 3 in on the left. Just past the houses is a carpark on the left.


5. Isfryn, Glanynant, Llanidloes SY18 6PQ

New build with ground source heat pump providing hot water and underfloor heating. Property is just off the Glanynant road about a mile from 3 Penygreen Rd - will be signed.


6. Cwm Deildre, Glan-y-nant

An old farmhouse with PV array, passive solar panels and wood boiler providing electricity, hot water and heating to two households.


* A PV array of 18 panels capable of producing 3.6 kW and 4 passive solar panels - these are mounted on a frame behind the property, rather than roof-mounted. 
* HDG 40 kW biomass boiler that burns logs (eventually all home-grown)
* Buffer tank fitted to increase the efficiency of the underfloor heating fed from biomass boiler via heat main. 
* Recently constructed woodshed.
* Owner-installed hempcrete insulation on existing old stone wall/also used internally within biomass boiler room.
* 3000 newly planted baby trees, native species, for eventual coppicing (for those who want a walk!). 

Because of the narrow lane to this house, please arrive between o’clock and half past the hour, and leave between half past to five-to the hour, this way less likely to meet traffic in the lane. For Directions – see below


7. Cwmbiga, near Staylittle

At Cwmbiga you can see a district heating system providing energy to three properties.  Energy is provided by a 40 sq m solar thermal array and a 50 kW wood fuelled batch boiler both of which feed a 4,000 litre accumulator tank."


8. Ty Coch Barn, Bryn Du Road, Llanidloes SY18 6JH.

Recent barn conversion with a range of renewable technologies including ground source heat pump providing underfloor heating, solid fuel range providing heating and hot water, solar thermal and solar PV panels. Passive solar living space. See below for directions.


9. Old Chapel Farm, Banhadlog, Llanidloes SY18 6JR

Wind turbine generating up to 6kW, log boiler, pellet hopper, heatmain to 4 buildings, pellet boiler, solar array, accumulator tanks, therma fleece insulation.

See below for directions.


Directions to outlying properties:-

Signs will be up to help with directions


Ty Coch Barn, Bryn Du Road, Llanidloes

Leave Llanidloes on Tylwch road. Turn right by the big green steel box by Eric Jerman’s yard into the narrow lane with no through road sign. DO NOT GO UP THE HILL.

Proceed to the end of the lane (about a mile). Engage first gear and ascend to the yard. Barn is signed in the yard.


Old Chapel Farm, Banhadlog, Llanidloes

Go up Bryndu hill towards Tylwch (B4518) after 3/4 mile take the Llydiartywaen Road. After a mile, take the second right, follow to the end. Park in the field just before the Chapel. Uneven ground—wear suitable shoes.


Cwmbiga, Staylittle

Follow the signs for Staylittle.  Once you have left Llanidloes, stay on the B4518 for 8 miles until you arrive at Staylittle / Penfforddlas.  Take the left turn signposted Llyn Clywedog and follow this road for 3 miles.  Cwmbiga is on the right hand side of the road, on a sweeping left hand bend. 

Cwm Deildre, Glanynant

At Glan-y-Nant, turn right up steep hill, signed "Deildre". After Upper Cefn Penarth, turn right through gate, signed Ty'n Fron & Cwm Deildre. Bear left along contour after second gate and pass Ty'n Fron on right. Cwm Deildre is half mile further down hill. Road has no passing spaces so please accommodate other visitors!


All properties open 10am—3pm

20th April 2013.


Organised by LLES Ltd.



Support 'The Size of Wales' at Llanidloes Resource Centre

Did you know the destruction of tropical rainforests releases the same amount of CO2 emissions as all the world's cars, planes, trains and ships put together?

What can YOU do about it? Support The Size of Wales project!

This is a unique Welsh initiative to help sustain an area of tropical forest the size of Wales as part of our national response to climate change and forge links with some of the world's poorest people.

Buy a 'Size of Wales' badge at Llani Resource Centre, or a Go Green wristband to raise money for the Size of Wales. Or wear something green and ask friends and colleagues to give a pound to the Size of Wales. The charity can double each donation.  See the website for ways to donate - or text "size 22 £2 to 70070. Or you could get your school or workplace to sponsor a rainforest project.

If you are on Facebook  you can 'like' The size of Wales' and they will receive £1 for each 'like'. So tell all your Facebook friends!!!!

Click on the following link to visit

Visit to Cwm Fron, Twlwch to see Jolyon and Alex Higgs' Micro-Hydro System

On Tuesday 20th March, a group of Lles members visited Jolyon and Alex Higgs' farm at Twlwch, to see their newly installed micro-hydro system.

The system has a capacity of 5.5 kW and was commissioned in February 2012, and has already produced more than 4000 kWhrs to the grid.

We started at the intake, where Jolyon explained the need for a settlement weir to remove stones, and several gratings to prevent debris from entering the penstock.

Weir and Grating

The intake to the penstock allows a "hands off flow" to remain in the stream bed together with a large overflow pipe to accommodate any excess beyond the capacity of the system.

Intake and Overflow

The Penstock - a 600m length of 200 mm high pressure plastic pipe - is fed from a holding tank at the intake, where final settlement takes place. The pipe travels almost along the contour, for nearly its whole length, before plunging down the last 35 metres to the Turbine House. 

 Penstock and Turbine House

The water is split into 2 pipes before entering the turbine, and is at a pressure of 60 psi. Spear valves adjust the water flow to maintain a constant level of water in the intake's settlement tank. This allows the turbine to operate correctly when water flowrate changes. The generator can produce up to 5.5 kW - and this power is fed into the grid via the farmhouse electrical connection.

 Turbine and Generator

Jolyon told us that the project had started 3 years ago, when the Environment Agency (E.A.) was initially contacted. Since then he has been required to submit several reports on fish, invertebrates and plant life along in the stream, in order to obtain E.A. approval. Further licences for water abstraction had also to be obtained, together with planning permission from the local authority. The Highways Department needed consultation for the burial of the penstock and the elecricity board and infrastructure companies approached for their approval. Jolyon said it was an uphill struggle, but was worth it in the end.

We were all very impressed by the micro-hydro at Cwm Fron and were extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Higgs for giving us the opportunity to see the system at close quarters and discuss it in such great detail. Thank You Jolyon and Alex!



LLES secures funding under DECC’s LEAF (Local Energy Assessment Fund) Project.


The LEAF project aims to develop opportunities for improving the energy efficiency of the housing and community building stock in the Cambrians, whilst identifying the possibilities for domestic and community owned renewables schemes across the region. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has awarded funding for  LLES to take part in the LEAF project. Our work  breaks down into 5 parts:-

1. Initial Communications Workshop – How to interest people in engaging with energy issues.

This was held in CAT near Machynlleth in February, and was led by George Marshal of COIN (Climate Outreach Information Network). It was an upbeat, fast moving, entertaining workshop with a lot of thought provoking ideas and information.

2. Community Energy Seminars – to be run in 6 communities in and around the Cambrian Mountains.

We held ours in Llanidloes on 6th March, in the Community Centre, concentrating on micro-hydro and small scale renewable. It was aimed at landowners. There were 3 speakers, Chris Blake from The Green Valleys, who spoke about micro hydro systems. Dafydd Morgan spoke about his experience of a group of farmers who got together to develop their own hydro schemes, and Chris Lord Smith from Llani Solar updated us on the Feed in Tariffs, solar systems and wood boilers.

Energy Seminar

Pentir Pumlumon held their event on Wednesday 14th March in Ysbyty Ystwyth. Rhayader 2000 hold their event on Saturday 24th March in the Old School, Cwmdauddwr.

3. Green Deal Scoping Study

The Green Deal is set to provide householders with loans to carry out energy efficiency measures to their properties. The loan is repaid over a period of 20 years from the savings made and collected through the electricity bills. This study researches the possible energy efficiency options for a variety of property types in the area, and calculate the estimated savings that can be derived from these options.

4. Micro- Hydro Area Viability Study

The Green Valleys (TGV) will aim to identify up to 50 potential sites for high head, micro-hydro power across the Cambrians. The study will use OS map analysis, flow estimation software, give an estimation of construction cost and payback based on TGV costing models.

5. Cambrian Mountains Community Energy Seminar – Saturday 31st March, Llanidloes Community Centre.

An event to bring together the results of the project, it will run from 11am to about 2pm. It will provide a platform for suppliers / fitters of energy efficiency goods and materials, and renewables systems, many of whom will be local to the Cambrian Mountains, to showcase their businesses to communities of the Cambrians through their involvement in a seminar that will pull together the learning from the project. The event is free to attendees and businesses alike, and lunch is provided. Please contact us to book, or ring 07899 766 123.


The project will result in the establishment of a stronger structure that can continue to facilitate and take forward the engagement and development work commenced by this project, in the form of an ‘energy group’ within the Cambrian Mountains Community Development Network.



Young Energy People - YEP: Saving energy at Llanidloes High School


Young Energy People!: YEP!

Saving energy at Llanidloes High School

Donning boiler suits and carrying their clipboards, eco-conscious students at Llanidloes High are surveying their school this week looking for opportunities to cut carbon emissions and save money through the award winning Young Energy People! project. .

Young Energy People! or YEP! was developed by the sustainable energy charity Severn Wye Energy Agency and has been running successfully in Gloucestershire schools since 2007. A national award winner for sustainable energy last year, YEP! is now making its first mark in Wales, delivered by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES Ltd) with the support of Powys County Council, the Powys Environmental Partnership and Llanidloes Rotary Club.

Introduced to YEP! through Pathfinder, the Welsh Government’s scheme to support community action on climate change, Diana Berriman, of LLES Ltd, said;

“YEP! is a great scheme and we’re delighted to deliver it here in Llanidloes - we hope to help the High School make big savings on fuel bills and carbon emissions. If we are to address new challenges like climate change and rising fuel prices, the current generation must be empowered to save energy and protect the environment. The pupils are a bright bunch with lots of ideas. I’m confident we can make a real difference.”

YEP! trains teams of students to survey, monitor and report on the energy use in their school, recommending improvements and campaigning for individuals to conserve energy.

YEP! is steered in the school by the School Energy Management Team. Following a real life job interview, student recruits have taken up their positions in roles as diverse as IT and Marketing to Energy Advisors and Senior Project Leaders.

Students are sharpening their knowledge of energy and climate change, getting the skills to survey school buildings and, like energy detectives hunt down areas where energy can be used more wisely.

YEP! teams will present their findings to staff and governors and spread their message throughout the community with an energy efficiency campaign to tie in with the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour on 31st March.

Darren Davies, Head Teacher of Llanidloes High School explains why he was attracted YEP!:

“I’m expecting YEP! to build academic and personal confidence as students apply Science, Maths, IT and English to understand how their school works, learn about heating and lighting systems, take up work placements and launch campaigns to encourage greater resource conservation and environmental stewardship.”

Acknowledging the high level of support for students’ endeavours through YEP!, the survey day was attended by Councillors Ken Harris, Cabinet Member for Waste, Climate Change and the Welsh Language, Stephen Hayes, Cabinet Member for Learning and Leisure, the Mayoress and Deputy Mayor of Llanidloes, Mrs Diana Whittal-Williams and Cllr Christina Edwardes.

According to Councillor Ken Harris:

“I have been impressed with Llanidloes students’ knowledge of climate change and ideas to control energy use. I’m excited by YEP! and I’m keeping a keen eye on the project to see how YEP! might help us cut carbon emissions and save energy bills in other schools in Powys."


Find out more about the work of the Severn Wye Energy Agency at

Contacts: Mark Stead (YEP! Programme Officer, SWEA) – 07814-970-199, Diana Berriman (Development Officer, LLES) – 07899-766-123, Simon Bishop (Pathfinder Officer, Powys and Ceredigion – 07791-331-481)



Lles In Action!

LLES installs Solar PV panels on Llanidloes Community Centre

Llanidloes Community Centre has recently been fitted with a 3.7Kw array of PV panels on the roof, which provides some free electricity for the centre, funded by the Low Carbon Communities Project Powys and administered by Llanidloes Energy Solutions (LLES).Image

This is part of a renovation which includes cavity wall insulation and two state-of-the-art gas boilers which heat the whole centre with a minimum of energy.

Tim Morgan, chair of trustees said: “Our users are pleased to have a much warmer centre and we are delighted with the amount of electricity generated since it was installed in October, despite the bad weather.”