Energy Local Bridport is Dorset Community Energy’s latest project launched on 11th January 2020. Working with experienced partners award- winning Energy Local CIC and innovative energy supply company Octopus Energy, the project aims to be the first in England to enable local households to purchase locally generated renewable electricity at lower cost than usual grid electricity prices. The development costs of the project have been met through a grant award from Power to Change Bright Ideas Fund and there are no joining costs for participating households.
The project will start by supplying electricity from the existing 50kW wind turbine near Salway Ash to 50-60 households within approximately 5 miles of Bridport. At present the wind turbine owner Peter Bailey receives 6p/ kWh for the electricity he exports to the grid, which is then sold to local households at typically over 15p/ kWh. Using Octopus Energy state-of-the-art metering technology Energy Local Bridport will enable the wind energy to be sold locally at 9p-10p/ kWh benefiting both the generator and householders and keeping the financial benefits in the local economy. Octopus Energy will also be responsible for metering and billing and providing top-up electricity when the wind turbine is not generating enough.
April 2020 update
We now have 90 householders who have expressed interest in Energy Local Bridport, a new co-operative, Energy Local Bridport Limited, has been set up representing all householders to enable a contract to be signed with Octopus Energy. The project is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic as participating households need to have smart meters fitted to enable Octopus Energy to meter the local renewable energy supply and invoice at the lower cost. Smart meter installations are currently on hold until the coronavirus risk is reduced.
If demand is high, Dorset Community Energy would like to add 200kW of ground-mounted solar panels to supply additional renewable electricity to Bridport households and local businesses at 9p-10p/ kWh. We also hope that households with solar panels will be able to sell their exported solar electricity to other participating households. Here is a link to the press release on launch of Energy Local Bridport and a link to key information with further details of how to get involved.
Dorset Community Energy are still hoping to expand the project by adding 200kW-400kW of ground mounted solar to complement the wind energy generation and allow more householders and small businesses to join the scheme.
January 2020 update
We are delighted with the response to Energy Local Bridport – we have had 70 expressions of interest in just ten days since our official launch and the club is now oversubscribed. Many thanks to those who have registered interest.
Do register if you are still interested, but bear in mind we will be putting you on a holding list, and we can’t guarantee that your household will be able to join the energy club at this stage.
If you register interest, we will keep you updated and you may be able to join the club at a later date. We hope to add some solar PV generation to the Energy Local Bridport club over the next 12 months, which should enable the Club to accept more members.