Welcome to our October 2021 Newsletter

Dear DCE newsletter subscribers – a special welcome to new subscribers.
In this issue:

  • DCE seeks Technical Director – apply by 6th November 
  • DCE Community Fund awards £3,500 to local projects
  • Energy Local Bridport is live
  • DCE AGM – over 20% of membership represented – slides and minutes available
  • DCE reaches 1150kW of installed solar panels

Best wishes from DCE Directors: Derek, Emily, Henry, Pete, Tim, and Tom



DCE seeks Technical Director – please apply by 6th November 

An exciting opportunity to join Dorset Community Energy as Technical Director, providing management of the Asset Manager, Project Managers and external consultants.  This is a new role, expected to be for 1 – 2 days per week, with remuneration between £25 and £35 per hour depending on experience.  Apply by 6th November 2021.

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DCE Community Fund awards £3500 to local projects

We recently awarded funding to six local climate friendly projects.  These projects included: installation of energy efficiency measures, awareness raising, reducing food waste, promoting sustainable lifestyles, reducing plastic and climate change education.  Geographically they cover several different parts of Dorset. 

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Energy Local Bridport is live!

Energy Local Bridport went live in September 2021. The Club has started with a ‘mini Club’ of 14 households whilst we check that things are running smoothly. The mini Club has become the first Energy Local Club in England to start operating. 

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DCE 5th AGM – over 20% of membership represented 

DCE’s fifth AGM was held via Zoom on the 12th July, with 27 attendees and 18 proxy votes received, over 20% of our membership was represented.  As well as the formal AGM, there was an update on current projects: to install a further 1100kW of solar panels as part of the PV3; and an update on Energy Local Bridport. One attendee: Sally Cooke said: “Brilliant AGM, I was inspired! What a tonic to hear of all the good things that are going on.”

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DCE reaches 1150kW of installed solar panels 

During the summer holidays we installed more solar panels at Weymouth College and Linwood School.  These installations were funded through the re-opened 3rd share offer. The remaining site for installation is Sturminster Newton High School where plans are still being finalised. To see where all our solar panels are installed check the Locations page.

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DCE seeks Technical Director

An exciting opportunity to join Dorset Community Energy as Technical Director, providing management of the Asset Manager, Project Managers and external consultants.

This is a new role, expected to be for 1 – 2 days per week, with remuneration between £25 and £35 per hour depending on experience.

Apply by 6th November 2021.

(Employment status is self-employed).

Click here for Job Description and application process.

DCE Community Fund awards £3500 to local projects.

The aim of the Community Fund is to support projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions and or address fuel poverty. 

The most recent funding round closed in July 2021 and the following awards were made:

Keep an eye on our website for updates for future funding rounds.

Energy Local Bridport is live!

Directors-at-Ashlane-2-CROPPED

Energy Local Bridport went live in September 2021. The Club has started with a ‘mini Club’ of 14 households whilst we check that things are running smoothly. The mini Club has become the first Energy Local Club in England to start operating. We are anticipating some teething problems, but once we are confident that the Club is operating well we will expand the Club to include all 55 households who have signed up. Energy Local Bridport is a co-operative, registered with the FCA. The Directors of the co-op had their inaugural meeting on a suitably windy day at Ashlane Farm by the wind turbine. It has taken us a long time to get to this point. The project was impacted heavily by COVID 19 and technical delays, so we are now very excited to see the Club starting to trade local renewable energy.

Dorset Community Energy’s 5th AGM

DCE’s fifth AGM was held via Zoom on the 12th July, with 27 attendees and 18 proxy votes received, over 20% of our membership was represented.  As well as the formal AGM, there was an update on current projects to install a further 1100kW of solar panels, as well as an update on Energy Local Bridport. 

One attendee: Sally Cooke said: “Brilliant AGM, I was inspired! What a tonic to hear of all the good things that are going on.”

The presentations and minutes can be found on our Members page.

Screen shot of DCE 5th AGM

The Great Big Green Week at Bridport, Sept 18-26, 2021

Great Big Green Week 21

The GBGWeek is a national campaign run by the Climate Coalition, aiming to create a mass of green events throughout the UK during this week: asking the question particularly relevant after the IPCC’s latest report: if not now, when?

West Dorset FoE (and partners) has organised a series of events, urging other groups and businesses to partake in the week.  As of August 29th, there are 14 events planned, keep an eye on their website for the updated list.

In particular there will be an Opening Gathering on Saturday the 18th at the Millennium Green. This will start at 10:30, finishing at around 2:30, with stalls, music and will finish with a picnic. At 12 noon, after a few speeches, the Mayor will make a proclamation: sending our support to the delegates in Glasgow.  Participants will be urged to bring a picnic, with as little single-use plastic as possible: soup & coffee will also be provided.

Welcome to our May 2021 Newsletter

Dear DCE newsletter subscribers – a special welcome to new subscribers.
In this issue:

  • Opportunity for Project Managers – apply by 1st June 
  • This year’s AGM – Monday 12th July, 7pm on Zoom
  • DCE Community Fund – open for applications – apply by 31st July
  • 3rd Share Offer – 700kW all installed.
  • 3rd Share Offer Reopened and CLOSED within 10 days!

Best wishes from DCE Directors: Derek, Emily, Henry, Pete, Tim, and Tom



Opportunity for Project Managers – please apply by 1st June

DCE anticipates a programme of works for the next few years, and would like to have three or four Project Managers on board, and so has decided to set up a flexible Project Management Framework, so that we can call on these skills as and when we wish to develop new projects.  

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Early notification of AGM Monday 12th July 7pm

This year’s AGM will be held by Zoom at 7pm on Monday 12th July at 7pm. In addition to the formal AGM there will be presentations and questions on our latest projects which include almost 500kW of solar panels at Weymouth College and the innovative Energy Local Bridport project. Energy Local Bridport will be the first example in England of local renewable energy generation supplied directly to householders through the existing grid.  The formal AGM papers and a Zoom meeting joining link will be emailed to all members 3 weeks before the AGM.

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Community Fund – open for applications  – apply by 31st July 

The Community Fund is currently open to support projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions and or address fuel poverty. They may also include local food, sustainable transport or waste reduction, and any other activity which reduces carbon emissions. The project must be located with the geographical area of the Dorset and BCP councils. The application must be on behalf of a community; self-help or voluntary group; a community enterprise or a charity. Applications should be in the range of £500 to £1500.

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3rd Share Offer completed all 700kW installed 

In May 2019, DCE raised £445,000 to support the installation of 700kW of roof mounted solar panels on schools and hospitals in Dorset. These installations were supported by a 40% grant from Low Carbon Dorset, making the total value £729,080. The installations were delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, however the final installation was completed in April 2021, bringing DCE’s total portfolio to 1100kWp, across twenty- two locations, including: schools, community buildings and hospitals.

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3rd Share Offer Reopened and Closed!

DCE reopened its 3rd Share Offer on the 10th May, to raise a further £194,418 to install 467kWp of rooftop solar at three more sites.  These shares were offered firstly to ‘Over-Subscribers’ from our 2019 Share Offer, and secondly to our existing members.  The share offer was open from 10th May until the target was reached – which was 21st May.  Thank you to those of you who purchased shares.  

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Opportunity for Project Managers – apply by 1st June 2021

DCE is a Community Benefit Society set up in 2013 with the aim of increasing the deployment of renewable energy in Dorset with community benefits. Our current portfolio includes 22 community-financed solar PV installations on schools, hospitals and community buildings (total installed capacity 1,100kW) with an income from FITS, and more recently from selling generated electricity at a discounted rate to the building hosts.

In addition, Dorset Community Energy has recently completed a feasibility study into direct supply through the grid of solar electricity from one or more 250kW ground-mounted solar PV arrays to householders and businesses in Bridport. It is an innovative project working with Energy Local CIC and Octopus Energy – the first of its kind in England (there are several examples in Wales).

DCE anticipates a programme of works for the next few years and therefore the directors have decided to set up a flexible Project Management Framework of 3-4 companies that we can call on when new projects come forward. i.e. following preliminary work by the directors, a company on the framework will be offered a potential PV installation to develop.

There is no obligation- if the company cannot accept the offer at the time due to other commitments the offer will be passed to a second company on the framework. The procurement exercise started by this document is therefore for prospective project managers/ companies or consultants to apply to be included on the DCE Project Management Framework based on their experience, knowledge and day rate.

Full details and how to apply.

Early notification of AGM Monday 12th July 7pm

This year’s AGM will be held by Zoom at 7pm on Monday 12th July at 7pm. In addition to the formal AGM there will be presentations and questions on our latest projects which include almost 500kW of solar panels at Weymouth College and the innovative Energy Local Bridport project. Energy Local Bridport will be the first example in England of local renewable energy generation supplied directly to householders through the existing grid.  The formal AGM papers and a Zoom meeting joining link will be emailed to all members 3 weeks before the AGM.