DCE is recruiting an Asset Manager – apply by 6th November.

We are looking for someone to look after our solar installations, please read below if it it could be you and forward to any interested contacts. 

Dorset Community Energy intends to recruit a part-time Asset Manager on a self-employed contract basis, whose responsibilities will entail monitoring performance of up to 25 solar photovoltaic installations on schools, community buildings and hospitals in Dorset.

Remuneration is £22.05 per hour.

Full Job Description / Person Specification and how to apply here. Closing date 6th November.



Best wishes from DCE Directors:

Tim, Derek, Henry, Emily, Tom, Pete 

DCE is recruiting an Asset Manager – apply by 6th November.

Dorset Community Energy intends to recruit a part-time Asset Manager on a self-employed contract basis, whose responsibilities will entail monitoring performance of up to 25 solar photovoltaic installations on schools, community buildings and hospitals in Dorset.

Remuneration is £22.05 per hour.

Full Job Description / Person Specification and how to apply here. Closing date 6th November.

We’re in the News – with a £20k grant for development of solar PV

DCE have secured a £20k grant to develop solar photovoltaic generation in and around Bridport as prt of our Energy Local Bridport project.

A scheme to increase the supply of renewable energy to people in Bridport has taken a big step forward with a £20,000 grant to Dorset Community Energy.

This solar panel project builds on the success of an initiative launched in January by Dorset Community Energy which aims to supply up to 60 Bridport homes with locally generated renewable energy from a wind turbine. Offering green energy at 9.5p a kWh, the Energy Local Bridport scheme has been heavily oversubscribed and still has 40 households on the waiting list.

Read the full article in the Bridport News here.

Bridport News features DCE in Community Energy Fortnight

June 13th to June 28th was Community Energy Fortnight, which aims to celebrate community energy and to support community energy groups across the country to learn from one another. Bridport News – featured an article about Energy Local Bridport and Dorset Community Energy.

A community group will be celebrated for setting up renewable energy sources across the county over the next two weeks for ‘Community Energy Fortnight’.

June 13 to June 28 is Community Energy Fortnight, aimed at celebrating community energy and helping community energy groups across the country learn from each other.

One such group is Energy Local Bridport, a project to allow local trading of renewable energy and increase the value of the generation, which was set up by Dorset Community Energy (DCE).

Read the full article here.

3rd Share Offer update – Nearly 200kW installed.

solar pv on roof of Wey Valley School

Unfortunately the progress on our new installations for our 3rd Share Offer has been delayed by a number of factors including the weather and corona virus.

We have however two complete installations: Wey Valley School (photographed) and Blandford School installed in February. These are installed and generating electricity. Installation has also commenced at All Saints school with an expected completion date of end of May.

A full update has been sent to those with shares in our 3rd Share Offer, and there is also an update on our 3rd Share Offer page.

90 Households expressed interest in Energy Local Bridport

Energy Local Bridport logo

Following a grant awarded from the Power to Change Bright Ideas Fund last October, Dorset Community Energy launched the Energy Local Bridport project in early January in partnership with Energy Local CIC and Octopus Energy. Previously all our projects have been based of supplying renewable electricity to schools and community buildings, but Energy Local Bridport aims to be the first example in England of locally generated renewable electricity supplied to households using the existing grid.

Energy Local Bridport will initially supply wind power from the existing 50kW wind turbine at Salway Ash @ 9.5p/ kWh to 50-60 households in the Western Power Distribution Bridport sub-station area. Octopus Energy provides a backup supply when the wind turbine is not generating sufficient power to meet demand.

The level of interest exceeded expectations with over 90 households completing expressions of interest within 2 weeks of the project launch. A new co-operative, Energy Local Bridport Limited, has been set up representing all householders to enable a contract to be signed with Octopus Energy. However the project is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic as participating households need to have smart meters fitted to enable Octopus Energy to meter the local renewable energy supply and invoice at the lower cost. Smart meter installations are currently on hold until the coronavirus risk is reduced.

Dorset Community Energy is hoping to expand the project by adding 200kW- 400kW of ground mounted solar panels to complement the wind energy generation and allow more households and small businesses to join the scheme and benefit from cheaper local renewable energy generation.

Go to the Energy Local Bridport page.