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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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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Welcome to our November 2020 Newsletter

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

  • 3rd Share Offer update – On track to complete all 700kW by March 2021
  • Adding ground-mounted PV to Energy Local Bridport
  • Asset Manager update

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



3rd Share Offer update – on track to install 700kW by March 2021

Since our last newsletter in May, and despite the Covid-19 complications, we have installed and commissioned further sites: All Saints, at Weymouth in May, Beaminster School in September, and our first Dorset Community Healthcare site, Bridport Community Hospital was commissioned on 29th October.

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Adding ground-mounted PV to Energy Local Bridport

Due to the extent of interest in this project, projected customer demand exceeds the current renewable energy supply of the 50kW wind turbine at Salway Ash.  DCE therefore secured funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund for a feasibility study to identify sites for two 200kW ground-mounted solar PV arrays to provide additional local renewable electricity.  Two sites have already been identified and work is underway to determine the exact build costs and likelihood of planning permission.  We also have a third site earmarked as back-up. 

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Asset Manager

A big thank you to Pete West who to date has been acting as Asset Manager for our installations, and is now stepping down from this role.  We have received four applications for the recently advertised post and will be looking to select shortly. 

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 

Welcome to our May 2020 Newsletter

It’s been a while since our last newsletter – a special welcome to new subscribers.

In this issue:

  • AGM – Save the date – 15th September  – Blandford Forum
  • 3rd Share Offer update – Nearly 200kW installed
  • 90 Households have expressed interest in Energy Local Bridport
  • Funding success for Wessex Community Energy Network
  • DCE solar generation in 2019 above target again

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



Save the date for our AGM – 15th September 2020

We are planning to hold this year’s AGM in Blandford at the Crown Hotel at 7pm, assuming that such meetings are possible by then.  We will of course keep all our members informed in advance and move it to an online meeting if necessary.



3rd Share Offer update – Nearly 200kW installed

Progress on the installations for our third share offer has been slower than expected, but we have two installations complete and commissioned: in Blandford and Weymouth and another one in progress.

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90 households have expressed interest in Energy Local Bridport

Energy Local Bridport will enable local people to purchase electricity from an existing 50kW wind turbine in Salway Ash, this will benefit the owner of the turbine and those buying electricity, as the price is higher than the owner normally gets from selling to the grid, and lower than that buyers normally pay.

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Funding success – DCE secures grant for Wessex Community Energy Network

DCE has secured a grant from The Naturesave Trust which will enable Wessex Community Energy Network to update and maintain their website, and train more volunteers.

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DCE solar generation in 2019 above target again.

DCE generated 434,000kWh of electricity last year, around 7.5% above the amounts predicted in share offer documents.  This generation saved our sites £35,000.

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Welcome to our October 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our newsletter, especially if you are one of the 50 new subscribers since our last May newsletter.

We have been busy with our most recent share offer, so thank you if you invested, you can get an update below, and also read about:

  • Community Engagement vacancy for Bridport / Salway Ash Energy Local project
  • Bridport / Salway Ash Energy Local project – connecting local renewable energy producers with consumers 
  • 3rd Share Offer update
  • Climate change presentation at Atlantic Academy Portland 
  • Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) to launch as replacement to Feed-In-Tariff

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


Community Engagement vacancy for Bridport / Salway Ash Energy Local project 

Dorset Community Energy (DCE) is excited to have been awarded funding for an Energy Local project which aims to link local providers of renewable electricity with customers, at a reasonable price for both.  We will be recruiting a Community Engagement Coordinator for 10 days of paid work at £20 per hour.

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Bridport / Salway Ash Energy Local project – connecting local renewable energy producers with consumers

If you live in Salway Ash or near a solar farm or wind turbine you may have wondered  whether you could buy the electricity generated and use it in your house.  Currently this isn’t possible with generators forced to sell to the grid for around 5p per unit, and customers to buy from the grid for around 15p per unit.  

Dorset Community Energy is excited to have been awarded a £10,000 development grant from the Power to Change Bright Ideas Fund to pilot a new business model which will enable the supply of local renewable electricity to householders through the existing grid at a mid-price benefitting both householder and owners of local renewable energy plant.

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3rd Share Offer update

A special welcome and thank you to readers who have invested in our 3rd Share Offer.  We are delighted to have reached our target of £445,000 enabling installation of an additional 700kW of solar photovoltaic panels.  The first installation will be 100kW at the Wey Valley Academy. Work will be commenced during the Autumn half-term and completed during Spring half-term. We are also aiming to install a further 3 sites in 2019.

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Climate change presentation at Atlantic Academy Portland

DCE director and secretary Pete West was invited to give a presentation on climate change to 100 Year 7 pupils at the Atlantic Academy Portland, Pete talked about personal actions and solutions to the climate crisis and the importance of improved government policies.  

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Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) to launch as replacement to Feed-In-Tariff

Government to launch Smart Export Guarantee in January 2020 in place of revoked Feed-In-Tariff.

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Dorset Community Energy 3rd Share Offer update

                                  
Dear DCE Members and Newsletter Subscribers

We are delighted to say the share offer is progressing very well and in just six weeks we have raised £248,850, or more than half our target of £445,000.

We have now issued the first £221,426 of shares on a first come first served basis. This is the sum required to implement 336kW of solar panels at the first six sites which already have signed Heads of Terms.  Share certificates will be sent to DCE Members by post in August.

We are liaising with the remaining sites to finalise terms, in the unlikely event that some decide not to go ahead, we are also working with a reserve list of interested sites. 

There is still time to invest, or to encourage your friends and family to do so.  The share offer is open until 31st July, after which the Directors will decide whether to keep the offer open or pause it.

We will send an update at the start of August once we have reached the end of the initial offer period.

Thanks to everybody who has invested to-date and helped get us off to this great start and welcome to the new members of DCE.

If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact us directly on info@dorsetcommunityenergy.org.uk

Please help us to publicise this offer by forwarding this email widely.   If you received this email via forward and would like to subscribe for updates – subscribe here.

Best regards

DCE Directors: 

Tim, Pete, Henry, Derek, Tom, Emily

Dorset Community Energy 3rd Share Offer

                                  
Dear DCE Members and Newsletter Subscribers

Welcome to our 3rd Share Offer which is launched by this email, so you are the first to hear of it!

You are invited to invest in Dorset Community Energy , we hope to raise £445,000 to install 700kWp of rooftop solar panels on 10 schools and hospitals in Dorset.  The schools and hospitals will benefit from reduced price electricity, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

This offers you a low-risk, ethical, local investment opportunity that supports the community and helps to fight climate change.

You can invest between £100 and £50,000, and can expect to receive a target interest rate of 5.5% per annum once the panels are installed; and your capital returned in 17 instalments over 20 years.   New Members will benefit in the same way as existing Members, however the new sites in the 3rd Share Offer will be accounted for separately to those in the 1st and 2nd Share Offers.

Full details are on our website, where we also have an explanatory video.

We are also hosting four events, where we will explain the offer, and answer questions.  Each will be between 7:30 and 8:30pm, light refreshments will be available.

 Bridport 25th June Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute DT6 3JX
 Poole 27th June The Spire (Methodist Church) BH15 1DF
 Blandford 1st July The Blandford School (access via shared Milldown Primary entrance) DT11 7SQ
 Shaftesbury 8th July Shaftesbury Town Hall SP7 8LY


This offer will remain open until it is fully subscribed or until 31st July, whichever is sooner.  We will send two or three further emails to you to update you on progress and let you know when the offer is closed.

This email has been sent to all our existing Members and to subscribers of our newsletter.  We have created a separate mailing list for this purpose and will delete it once the share offer closes.  Newsletter subscribers will remain on our quarterly mailing list and Members will continue to receive communications from us regarding their investment. 

We hope that you will take this opportunity to invest in Dorset Community Energy 

Please help us to publicise this offer by forwarding this email widely.   If you received this email via forward and would like to subscribe for updates – subscribe here.

Best regards

DCE Directors: 

Tim, Pete, Henry, Derek, Tom, Emily

2019 Share Offer Update

Following our February newsletter the Dorset Community Energy (DCE) share offer is making excellent progress towards an expected launch date in June. 

If you have received this email directly you are on our mailing list and will be invited to invest as soon as all the details are available. 

If this email was forwarded to you subscribe here.

The exact details of the share offer are being finalised.   The new share offer looks to raise £445,000 to install 700kW of solar photovoltaic panels at ten schools and hospitals in addition to our current portfolio of 420kW at sixteen schools and community buildings.   This will provide an opportunity for you to invest in shares, with an expected interest rate of 5.5%, and capital repaid over 20 years, a local, ethical and carbon friendly investment.  All existing newsletter subscribers will be invited to invest, as well as those already holding shares in DCE.  One or more launch events will also be held.   

May is a busy time for DCE, we will hear about the outcome of our Low Carbon Dorset Grant application, finalise details with the sites, and draw together the share offer document. 

Many thanks to those who took part in our February survey, as a thank you DCE have made a gift to Trees for Life which will fund the planting of a tree to restore ancient woodland in Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.  The survey was completed by 36 people, who all supported the share offer, with 94% of respondents indicating they would consider investing , an average of £2,750, or £100,000 in total. 

Please do share this email with friends and family and encourage them to subscribe so they are also invited to invest.  We want to be in a position to install on all the identified sites, and we already have interest from other unconfirmed sites. .  

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Read more on our website.

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

Dorset Community Energy expects to launch new share offer in June 2019.

DCE expects to add 700kW of solar photovoltaic panels at ten schools and hospitals, to its current portfolio of 420kW at sixteen schools and community buildings. This will provide an opportunity for you to invest in shares, with an expected interest rate of 5.5% and return on capital investment over 20 years, a local, ethical and carbon friendly investment.

We are working closely with the ten sites to agree terms and expect are awaiting a response to our Low Carbon Dorset Grant application in mid-May.  Results from our February survey, completed by 36 people, indicated that 94% of respondents would consider investing, an average of £2,750, or £100,000 in total.  The share offer will look to raise £445,000 and will be open to the public, all existing newsletter subscribers and those already holding shares in DCE will be invited to invest. 

Wey Valley College 100kWp proposed

Many thanks to those who took part in our February survey, as a thank you DCE have made a gift to Trees for Life which will fund the planting a tree to restore ancient woodland in Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.