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Should Dorset Community Energy expand? – Your views please!

Do you like fancy chocolates – then read on!

To date Dorset Community Energy has raised nearly half a million pounds from community share offers and installed 420kW on 16 schools and community buildings across Dorset. We are currently paying our members 5.5% interest on their investment, and will shortly start paying back the capital.

DCE have not installed any new PV for 2 years now, as the Feed-in tariff subsidy diminished and the tax incentives for community energy were removed.
However, installation costs have reduced, the Low Carbon Dorset programme have grants on offer to help fund installations, and energy storage options are now available.

Hence we are considering further share offers, and are interested in your opinion regarding the options. Any new projects would be legally and financially separate from current projects, so they would not add any risk to existing investments.

Click here for a short survey (less than 5 minutes!)

Your response will strengthen our chance of securing grant funding for a feasibility study. Please reply by 23:59 on Sunday 20th May, and you will have a chance to win a box of locally produced high quality chocolates.

March 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to our March 2018 Newsletter

The sun shone last year, and we generated 5% more electricity than predicted, which is good news for members’ interest payments.  In this issue:

  • AGM – Save the date – 17th July – Bridport
  • DCE awarded grant for PV monitoring at Damer’s First School
  • Watch Pete show you how to make a solar-powered windmill
  • Nominate someone to receive your shares (up to value of £5,000) in the event of your death
  • Check out Sustainable Dorset’s new website

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

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DCE secure grant to provide PV monitoring equipment for Damer’s First School

To date Dorset Community Energy has only been able to provide monitoring equipment and educational activities for schools where we have installed solar panels. Now, we have secured a grant of £1,750 from the Postcode Local Trust (a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery  www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk) for Damers First School in Dorchester.

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Dorset Community Energy AGM – 2018

This year’s AGM will be held in Bridport on Tuesday 17th July at 7pm, venue to be confirmed.  The papers will be sent to members electronically at least three weeks in advance of the meeting.  Please save the date and come along.

Making a simple solar-powered model – video

Pete West, Dorset Community Energy secretary and a volunteer helping with educational activities, has produced a short video to demonstrate how to make a spinning paper plate solar model, which has proved popular with children of primary school age.

The video can be viewed on YouTube at this link                                           https://youtu.be/sHzHEC_SyIc

 

2017 Solar generation – 5% up on predictions.

In 2017, DCE’s 420kW of installed solar photovoltaic capacity generated 423,000 kWh of electricity, that’s 5% higher than predicted, which Milldown Primary School arrayis likely to mean that members will benefit from 5.5% interest on their investment again this year.

Have you ever wondered why people talk about kilowatts peak when they are talking about solar photovoltaic panels? Or perhaps your friends mock your investment in solar energy, because solar panels are only 15% efficient?

Well here is the answer!

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Peer Power – Community Energy Network Building Event – 7th Feb 2018

Peer Power imageColliton Club, Dorchester – Wed 7th February – 18:00 – 21:00

Come along to this FREE event, hosted by Regn Communities to discuss next steps for a community energy network in Dorset. Find out how much renewable energy has been generated in Dorset and hear about Dorset County Council’s plans to support more clean energy.

Register here.

The Dorset Peer Power project was designed to help people in communities to learn, share ideas and build a new network.

This event is the last in the series of Peer Power events which has included:

March 2017: Dorset Renewables Grand tour
April 2017: Smart Energy Marketplace
June 2017: Powering Dorset Together
Sept 2017: Dorset Community Energy Feast
Nov 2017: Arts and Energy Event
Nov 2017: Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy
Nov 2017: Renewable Futures and Green Energy Awards

The event will be full of exciting discussion, networking opportunities, and will be fuelled by tasty nibbles and wine.

Congratulations to Pete

Pete WestDorset Community Energy Director and Secretary was joint Runner-Up for Regen’s South-West Sustainability Champion, here is what Regen said about Pete:

‘Pete West has been instrumental in the establishment of Dorset Community Energy, a not-for-profit community benefit society, set up in August 2013. By 2015, the society had raised £488,000 of local community investment from 150 mainly local shareholders, to finance 12 solar PV installations on schools and four PV installations on community buildings of a total installed capacity of 420 kW.’

Congratulations Pete!

Congratulations Pete West!

Dorset Community Energy Secretary and Director, Pete West, has been short-listed for a Regen: Celebrating Innovation Green Energy Award, for his work in setting up Dorset Community Energy.  He’ll get to find out if he is selected at the awards ceremony in Bath Assembly Rooms on 28th November 2017.  The awards ceremony is held the night before the Renewable Futures conference on 29th November 2017.

Here is what Regen say about Pete:

“Pete West has been instrumental in the establishment of Dorset Community Energy, a not-for-profit community benefit society, set up in August 2013. By 2015, the society had raised £488,000 of local community investment from 150 mainly local shareholders, to finance 12 solar PV installations on schools and four PV installations on community buildings of a total installed capacity of 420 kW.”

Congratulations Pete!

 

 

Dorset Climate Change Conference 21st October in Weymouth

Organised by: Transition Town Weymouth & Portland (TTW&P)

Objectives: To inform and promote action. Challenge politicians to take action

  • Climate change science
  • What needs to be done
  • Parties’ policies and actions:

Conservatives: James Farqueson, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council 
Greens: Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader Green Party
Labour
: Lee Rhodes, Parliamentary Candidate for W Dorset
Liberal Democrats: David Harris, Dorset CC for Weymouth
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