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Cornish farmer shows off carbon positive approach

Article published in Energy Now Magazine: https://www.dropbox.com/s/q8mb4vyf11z13bw/EnergyNow_0713.pdf
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Cornish farmer shows off
carbon positive approach

Paul Sousek owns one of the UK
homes most improved for energy
use, with a carbon footprint now less
than zero, or carbon positive.
In short, it currently generates more
green energy than it uses. And his latest
project continues the trend. It is a 50kW
wind turbine that has been designed to
serve 16 local homes.
Mr Sousek, who rears organic Red
Ruby cattle and sheep on Cottage
Farm in Jacobstow, Cornwall, lives in a
traditional 17th century cob farm house
with a 30-year old extension.
Faced with rising energy costs and
concerned about oil depletion, he
resolved early on to make his home
and operations more sustainable and
resilient. He believes that “farming is not
just about food, but also about clean
energy and future generations”.
Today, the farmhouse is well
insulated and heated by a wood stove
with a back boiler. All the wood fuel
comes from the farm.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and a
wind turbine generate electricity and
any surplus is diverted to a heat store.
Water is extracted from a bore hole
and Mr Sousek, who was a finalist in
the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming
Awards in 2011 and won a best smallscale
renewable energy scheme Award
last year, recycles locally sourced waste
vegetable oil to obtain biodiesel for his
tractor and meat delivery van.
In September he will be hosting
a SuperHome Open Day to share his
experiences. SuperHomes are older
properties renovated by their owners to
reduce carbon by at least 60%.

For more details or to book a place on 22nd September Open Day at Cottage Farm: www.SuperHomes.org.uk