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

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 …
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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 ZoomDCE Community Fund – open for applications – apply by 31st July3rd Share Offer – 700kW all installed.3rd Share Offer Reopened …
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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, …
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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 …
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DCE Community Fund – open for applications – apply by 31st July 2021

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 …
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DCE 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 …
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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 2021Adding ground-mounted PV to Energy Local BridportAsset Manager update Best wishes from DCE Directors: Derek, Emily, Henry, Pete, Tim, and Tom 3rd Share Offer update – on …
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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. We are especially pleased to have been able …
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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 PV arrays …
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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. 
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