Renewable Energy creation.

'Saving the Planet'

Here at “Le Vivray”, in rural Normandy, France we started a long term project in 2002 of treading as lightly as possible on this fragile Planet, but at the same time using the latest tech, and the latest products that would help us achieve a sustainability lifestyle for us, the children and for future generations to come.

Over the years we have learned a great deal with renewable energy and sustainability and we share are knowledge with others, and hope that in the near future we will offer courses and accommodation here at “Le Vivray”.

In the last 20 years and with careful spending plans, we have our traditional old brick and Oak framed buildings to ‘Passive House’ insulation standards.  We have our own sewage system, (approved by the local authority), and our Grey water system with reed beds and holding ponds, so we can always water the vegetable garden.  And importantly we have our own Energy creation systems.

We set three main conditions for our projects: -

Robustness. ….. 

What we do or make must be robust that it works well, stands the rigor of the weather and a good life time expectancy, and needs little maintenance in the future.

Simplicity. ….

What we make or do must be as simple as possible, be compatible with our environment, comply with local authority specifications, and not require specialist equipment to install or operate.  That means that embedded energy/materials used must be absolutely minimal and not harm the land.

Cost Effectiveness.  ….

We do not have a big pot of money, so we endeavour to use materials and equipment that is locally sourced from sustainable sources, ie, building materials. And to re-use materials and equipment from discarded or scrapped sources, ie, electric cable offcuts etc from fleebay, second hand GTI’s etc.


Our Electrical energy Creation for suppling 7 buildings.

Firstly,    Insulate, Insulate and more Insulation.  Little point in heating a building if your insulation is minimal.  We aim for Passive House standards. 

Our aim is to be as cost effective as possible, as there is little point in spending on building and installation costs, and then find that the energy creation savings are outweighed by the original embedded cost.   A classic example is a underground heat source pump that is commercially installed, the true cost and savingfigures just do not add up..

We do not use a standby generator powered by fossil fuels.

All our electrical generation equipment MUST BE as cost effective as possible.

Our own Renewable Energy creation is not connected and feed back to the Utilities main supply and is independent of the Utilities.

Our own electrical installations comply with all the local and international safety compliance codes.