Welcome. Totnes Renewable Energy Society is an active participant in the Community Energy movement; a co-operative whose aim is to develop and invest in projects that result in the profitable supply of energy from renewable resources for the benefit of the community. Since 2007, we have identified and pursued projects in solar, hydro, biomass and wind… dig around and find out about our journey.
Members’ ideas for ONE MEGAWATT for Totnes & Environs
Fantastic turn-out upstairs at the Kingsbridge Inn at our Share & Bond Issue brainstorm session. We got all the things we wished for – questions, feedback, ideas, enthusiasm and commitment. Ideas ranged from bike-based promotion to on-site, interpretive signage, plus signed-up commitment to host a social gathering and leaflet neighbourhoods. Without our members’ help at this stage, projects that are ready to go simply might not happen. There’s no doubt, even amongst those who wondered about the wind turbines, that investing in Community Energy makes environmental, social and financial sense.
Underpublicised Good News
The maximum share investment in an IPS has increased from £20k to £100k. The Industrial and Provident Societies (Increase in Shareholding Limit) Order 2014 sets out the details.
Announcing our 2014 Spring Share Issue!
TRESOC’s 2014 Spring Share Issue is set to kick off on 3rd May. All our hard work is now paying off in the form of new consented solar pv and hydro power projects… solar PV on the roofs of over 100 households (with South Devon Rural Housing Association) and a £500,000 community investment in the hydro project at Totnes Weir. With further solar and hydro schemes in the pipeline, this adds up to a TRESOC investment package in consented local renewable energy projects with a combined value of more than £1.5 million. How can you help? Get in touch!
Solar PV bill-saving for housing association residents
After a dream of a process, we have a new working partnership with South Devon Rural Housing Association (SDRHA) to install solar PV on all of their suitable properties. The solar panels will provide a source of free electricity for SDRHA tenants during daylight hours or to heat water when tenants are not at home during the day. Download SDRHA solar press release
Community Centre saving money
Amidst the jet stream craziness, we celebrated the power of community energy generation. TRESOC’s 7kWp panels on the roof of Follaton Community Centre will be reducing the hall’s electricity bill by £1,000 p.a. We worked it out… the energy output of 7kW p.a. equates to the power needed to boil 1,200 kettles for 6,000 cups of tea!
Whilst we bring our project work to fruition, we also continue to advocate for Community Energy and, locally, are members of the REconomy Centre home to a REconomy Project, which identifies how much opportunity exists to generate jobs and livelihoods within the local area. TRESOC is a case study in the Totnes report [download Local Economic Blueprint] Coming soon: the 2014 Local Entrepreneur Forum, May 13th, Totnes Civic Hall, 9:30am-4:30pm.