Help ECOE provide emergency support and basic necessities to low income households

Visit ECOE’s Just Giving page to make a donation At Exeter Community Energy, since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, we have seen a threefold increase in the level of requests for support from our Healthy Homes Hardship Fund, which was launched last winter. Our Winter Warmth campaign generated almost £5000 for the Hardship Fund, thanks to the generosity of local residents. This money has been used over the past 6 months to support low income and Read more…

Switching to a renewable electricity supply is so easy

Whether it’s for your home or your business, what used to be out of reach for many of us is now so affordable that you may well end up paying less. You don’t have to install solar panels, a smart meter, or any special gizmos. In fact it’s just the same as switching across to any other electricity supplier – except of course you’ll know that you will also be massively reducing your impact on Read more…

Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC)

Totnes Renewable Energy Society, TRESOC, was formed in November 2007 by a group of local residents concerned about climate change. It has grown to 550 member shareholders and has a portfolio of projects – stretching from Plymouth to Exeter – that adds up to 47 installations. These include 27 kW at a busy NHS surgery, 7 kW at a community centre and 17.5kW at a residential care home; all of these receive all the solar Read more…

Solar power generation starts at The Beacon and Westbank

Some positive news amid the gloom: ECOE is successfully generating electricity at two new sites – The Beacon Community Centre on Beacon Lane, and Westbank in Exminster. We got the formal certificate of installation for the 29.9kW project at The Beacon on February 12. We then got the certificate for the 45.9kW project at Westbank on March 12, just before the Prime Minister’s statement on COVID-19 on March 16. The sites are generating, and the Read more…

Tara Bowers is named national Heat Hero

The Heat Heroes Awards recognise the achievements of those who have gone above and beyond in their work to help keep people warm in their homes. They are run by charity National Energy Action and supported by the four Gas Distribution Networks – SGN, Cadent, Wales and West Utilities and Northern Gas Networks. Tara fought off stiff competition to be chosen as one of only fourteen Heat Heroes for the work she has been undertaking. Read more…

Staying warm and well this winter

If you’re concerned that you’re not able to heat your home enough and/or your energy costs are difficult to manage, please get in touch with your local community energy organisation with their experienced energy advisors. You may be eligible for a free home energy visit.  Where  Organisation    Contact Number and Email  West Devon & S.E. Cornwall  Tamar Energy Community  0800-233-5414  South Hams  S. Dartmoor Community Energy  0800 112 3044  Plymouth  Plymouth Energy Community  01752 477 Read more…

Community Energy Impact Report

The Devon Community Energy Impact Report provides an insight into community energy activity in Devon, and was delivered in partnership with Devon County Council and the 23 community energy organisations in the county. Key Findings There are more community energy organisations in Devon than any other county in the UK (23). These organisations run 62 community owned renewable projects, which have generated 17,431 MWh of clean green energy, saving 6,080 tonnes of CO2 emissions and helping 2,717 Read more…

Community Energy Spring Gathering

Community energy organisations from across Devon and further afield met on the Dartington estate in Devon for a two-day, fun filled residential on the 9th and 10th March 2018.  This included walks, talks, films, fantastic food and collaborative discussion themed around community energy innovation. During the two days we concentrated on consolidation of our existing projects, discussing how to make the most of our renewable energy assets, and exploring what happens next for our movement. Thanks Read more…

Brexit and Local Supply

The SWDCEP General Forum met on the 20th July in Tamar Energy Community’s new premises – the Local Matters Community Space, Elbow Lane in Tavistock. Jodie Giles from RegenSW lead a discussion about the implications of Brexit for community energy projects and the renewable energy industry. This focussed on the effect that Brexit could have on existing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and renewable energy deployment targets. The forum also explored issues surrounding local supply Read more…