Dorset Community Energy are currently working hard to make Bridport the first operational Energy Local Club in England.
Energy Local Clubs are a pioneering initiative developed by the not-for-profit organisation Energy Local CIC. Energy Local Clubs enable trading of renewable energy between generators and consumers at a local level.
The Bridport Club will initially allow householders in the Bridport area to purchase the electricity generated by the 50kW wind turbine at Salway Ash. If the Club is successful, we have plans to extend the Club by adding PV generation into the mix in Phase 2.
At present, 60 Bridport households are poised to join Energy Local Bridport. Launching the Club has been delayed considerably by COVID-19 and some technical setbacks, but we are hopeful the Club will become operational in Spring 2021. We thank all the households who are waiting to join the Club for being patient and bearing with us.
The Bridport Club
Energy Local Clubs allow households to club together to show that they are using local renewable power when it is being generated, and to pay local generators a mutually beneficial price for that power. Read more about how it works in our Key Information Pack.
The generator for the Bridport Club is the 50kW wind turbine at Salway Ash, owned by Peter Bailey. Club members will pay a ‘match’ price of 9.5p/kWh for the wind energy when it is available.
Initially, the Club will have 50-60 member households. This number was arrived at after detailed modelling, and aims to strike a fair balance of financial benefits to participating households and healthy returns to the wind turbine.
The modelling suggests that each household will match approximately 10% of their electricity consumption with the wind generation, with an anticipated saving of 10-15% on their electricity bills over a year. Once the Club is operational, ongoing monitoring will assess actual benefits to members compare with those predicted.
The Bridport Club covers the geographical area supplied by the Bridport local substation. This incorporates the whole of Bridport town and the surrounding area from Chideock to Shipton Gorge, West Bay to Pymore and parts of Salway Ash.
Read full details about the Bridport Club in our Key Information Pack.
Work on Energy Local Bridport began in December 2019, funded by development funding from the Power to Change Bright Ideas Fund. Since then Dorset Community Energy has been working closely with Peter Bailey and at Energy Local CIC to form the Club. This has included detailed modelling of the wind turbine output and domestic demand, creating the Energy Local Bridport Co-Operative and recruiting households from the Bridport area.
The public response to the launch of Energy Local in January 2020 was overwhelming. Within 6 weeks of launching, enough households had registered to form a Club, with a considerable waiting list.
Unfortunately, setting up the Club had to pause when COVID-19 struck. Smart meter installations stopped during the first lockdown and there were delays while crucial software was developed.
As we head into 2021, we eagerly anticipate getting the Club up and running over the coming months. The first step will be to form a ‘mini’ Club with households with pre-existing smart meters. These households will test drive a new metering and billing system; as soon as this has been verified, we will look to bring all 60 participating households into the Club as swiftly as possible.
Once established, Energy Local Bridport will represent a radical step forward local renewables. If this pilot scheme is successful, we have options for expanding the project further:
- Members with rooftop PV on their homes may opt to sell their excess generation into the Club for 9.5p/kWh
- New generation could be added in a second phase. For example, Dorset Community Energy could fund and build a ground-mounted PV array, creating additional capacity to supply households or businesses with low-cost solar energy during the daytime. Read about our plans for Phase 2.
The pilot Club is currently over-subscribed. However, by signing up below you can join the waiting list and receive notification when future Energy Local opportunities arise.
Please visit the Bridport Club page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.