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Sunshine fuelling the arts in Bridport

Are you enjoying the sun? It’s been fuelling the arts in Bridport. This graph shows that on 26th June – Bridport Arts Centre was completely powered by DCE solar panels between 10:30am and 6:00pm.
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We are General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Compliant

On May 25th 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations came in, tightening the law on how personal data is collected, stored and used.  We sent out two mailings to our mailing list in April and May asking people to opt in to continue to receive our newsletter. 75% of …
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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 …
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March 2018 Newsletter

The sun shone last year, and we generated 5% more electricity than predicted, which is good news for members’ interest payments. 
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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 …
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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.
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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  
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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 is 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 …
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Interest payments to members in early September

Following acceptance of the Dorset Community Energy Annual Accounts at the AGM held on 12th July and approval of the directors’ recommendation to pay members 5.5% interest, payments to members were completed by 9th September. The directors are optimistic that the target 5%-6% p.a. interest on members’ shares will be …
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Educational activities – connecting the climate.

Dorset Community Energy secretary, Pete West, and Dorset County Council’s Sustainable Schools Project Officer, Alison Jay, met with local educational charity Development Education in Dorset (DEED) in July to develop a sustainable energy and climate change funding application to the Scottish Power Foundation. The project was named ‘Climate Connections’ and …
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International co-operation

Following the Paris Climate Agreement, evidence of rising global CO2 emissions and impacts of climate change, it is widely becoming accepted that ‘we are all in this together’. In February the directors agreed that Dorset Community Energy joins the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE), an NGO network which was …
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Survey: how does public engage with renewable energy?

We are happy to share Tom’s undergraduate research survey and encourage you to take ten minutes to complete it. … I am researching how the public engage with renewable energy. Specifically, I am interested in two activities: investing in Community Energy, and purchasing ‘green’ renewable energy tariffs at home… Follow this …
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