Its been a while since our last newsletter. We've been busy as always. We're excited to have a progress report about our first two sites - Shillingford Organics and Wondford Community and Learning Centre. They were the very first to be installed. And be sure not to miss the information about our two events about energy efficiency - community-led innovation and Energy Efficient Exeter on Wed 1st March.
ECOE won the Express and Echo Best Community Enterprise Award in December. Also in December Gill went to visit the European parliament with 20 other community energy practitioners from the UK to meet up with our European counterparts.
Solar PV 1 and 2 Shillingford Organics and Wonford Community and Learning centre are both really pleased with the installations and how much money and carbon they have saved by using solar energy. Read what they have to say and to see the figures, click here.
We've been finishing off the final bits of Solar PV 1 and 2 including sorting out our Operations and Maintenance and trying to get all of the displays working so the educational aspect of the sites can be utilised more.
Upcoming ECOE Events
Innovation in Community-led energy efficiency
1st March 12.00 to 17.00. The Meeting room, Stephens Scown LLP
An event, partnered with Regen SW, for community energy practitioners and other related professionals where Kayla Ente (Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop), Jonathan Atkinson (Carbon Coop, Manchester) and Jen Coles (Plymouth Energy Community) will talk about their innovative projects. For more information and to book your place click here.
Energy efficient Exeter: What role for ECOE?
1st March 17.30 to 19.00 at the Meeting Room, Stephens Scown LLP
The evening event brings the focus to Exeter. What’s been working and what hasn’t regarding energy saving projects and what role might there be for ECOE. Some of the presenters from the earlier event are staying on to tell us about the innovative community projects that have worked for them. More info here.
Energy Conversation Social
Date to be confirmed
Instead of having these monthly they'll be arranged occasionally with a specific title. The first one will be about ECOE’s community fund in preparation for the first payment available for the fund following our AGM in June.
Visit to the Energy Recovery Facility
Wed 5th April 14.30 to 16.30 Marshbarton, Exeter
The visit includes a presentation and a tour of the facility. For more information and to book your place click here.
We also haven’t forgotten about the idea of a tour of a couple of our installations … watch this space!!
Heat project This is progressing, although rather slowly. Click here to read more about our explorations at County Hall.
New projects and funding
We're currently investigating funding possibilities for two different energy saving projects - the Healthy Homes and Wellbeing project and a community ESCO. Click to read more
We're currently looking for somebody with marketing experience who could become our next marketing director and somebody with wordpress expertise. Click read more for more information.
Thanks to those of you who responded to our Community Solar Loan Offer. We successfully raised the £70,000 needed to repay the existing interest free short term bridging loan.
We've rewritten the members page on our website. Its been designed to provide all of the information that you our members might need. You'll find important information about the first interest payment, which some of you have been asking about.
Watch out for the announcement of the date of the AGM in June. We'll all be making decisions about interest and community fund payments.
There’s lots going on so here’s a sample. To find out more and for the links to the events, clickread more.
Keeping Warm in Winter, an NEA community action on fuel poverty workshop
Thurs 23rd Feb 9.30 to 13.00 Exeter Community Centre, 17, St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG
Doing it ourselves: Forum for a New Local Economy
March 4th, 9:45 am - 4:00 pm, South West Energy Centre, Torbay
Monday March 27th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm, Exeter Community Centre, 17, St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG
Smart Energy Marketplace 28th March, Sandy Park, Exeter
The largest energy event in the southwest hosted by Regen SW with discounted prices for communty energy groups.
If you want to know more about the Sunshine Tariff Project, a trial to see how different customers engage with a cheaper daytime tariff. Clickread more.
What is the future energy scenario for Exeter and the UK? Click read more for three very different inputs on this key question.
Regen SW response to BEIS's request for evidence on ‘a smart flexible energy system’,
The new Energy Independence 2015: Roadmap to city-scale energy independence report by City Science Corporation for Exeter City Futures
And two scenarios - dinosaurs and dolphins from Andy O'brien, Bristol Energy Coop.