Exploring new solar generation to power Bridport homes and businesses.
Energy Local Clubs offer an innovative system for trading renewable energy between generators and consumers locally. Our pilot Energy Local Bridport Club will allow 60 households in the Bridport area to purchase the electricity generated by the 50kW wind turbine at Salway Ash. After some delays from COVID-19, we hope to have Energy Local Bridport up and running in Spring 2021. Read more about how Energy Local Bridport will work.
New renewables for Bridport
Energy Local Clubs create new opportunities for community energy. In Phase 2 for Energy Local Bridport, we would like to invest in building one or two 250kW ground-mounted solar PV arrays in the Bridport area. The array(s) would be financed by a Dorset Community Energy share offer, and the electricity generated sold to local households or businesses through an Energy Local Club.
We are currently conducting feasibility studies and pre-planning applications on two potential sites just outside of Bridport. The sites have been selected for their grid connection and low visual impact. View the expected project timeline.
You can help
The proposed PV array(s) will only be viable if there is local demand for the electricity i.e. households and businesses willing to join an Energy Local Club to buy the local green electricity. Read more about being in an Energy Local Club.
We are conducting a community consultation to help us ascertain whether there are enough domestic or business consumers interested in buying local electricity via an Energy Local Club for us to proceed with financing and planning the PV array(s). If you live or have business premises in the Bridport area, please help us by taking the survey below.
Find out more
To find out more about the project, we invite you to attend one of our Zoom webinars:
Thursday 11 February 2021
4.00 – 5.00pm
Monday 15 February 2021
6.30 – 7.30pm
Tuesday 23 February 2021
6.30 – 7.30pm
We anticipate the following rough timeline for project delivery:
|Express interest. Register your interest by completing the Community Consultation survey or emailing email@example.com||Feb 2021|
|Modelling of supply and demand. DCE will conduct modelling of the expected PV generation and electricity demand of the Energy Local Club members to ensure that the scheme is viable.||Apr-May 2021|
|Planning consent. If there is enough demand, DCE will apply for planning permission for the PV array.||June – Aug 2021|
|Indicate commitment. If everything goes as planned, DCE would ask for some commitment from you to join the Club when the PV is generating. If enough parties commit, DCE proceed to build the array.||Aug-Nov 2021|
|Community share offer. DCE open a community share offer to finance the PV installation.||Sept-Dec 2021|
|Construction of solar array. Managed by DCE.||Jan-June 2022|
|You will be invited to join the Club, switch supplier, have a smart meter fitted and start buying the local electricity.||June – Sept 2022|