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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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2016-17 solar electricity generation has exceeded estimates

All 16 Dorset Community Energy solar PV installations have now been installed for 12 months or more, so it is possible to view annual total electricity generation data and compare it with initial estimates. The performance to date has been 5% higher than original estimates- which is good news for schools and members.

All 16 sites with Dorset Community Energy solar PV installations are fitted with solar generation meters that can be read remotely online, which is a great help when submitting quarterly Feed-in Tariff meter readings. We have prepared a summary of the annual generation data which can be viewed here.

The table clearly shows the benefit of having a large portfolio of 16 sites in different locations. As can be seen, the solar generation at Thomas Hardye School was lower than estimated due to a complex problem with the solar inverter software settings, which was finally successfully corrected in March 2017. There was also reduced generation for a time at Lytchett Matravers Primary School due to some solar panels needing to be temporarily removed and replaced during chimney work on the roof.

However, the solar generation at all other sites was higher than estimated, with south- facing roofs near the coast performing particularly well. The average annual generation across all sites was 1000kWh of solar electricity/ per kW of installed solar panels, which is higher than nationally accepted solar estimates, and especially good as some sites don’t have directly south–facing roof orientation. Perhaps ‘sunny Dorset’ is justified!