Take a stake in your energy future! CLOSING DATE for Share Issue applications is 21st July. 

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July 8, 2014

We’ve raised close to £100,000!!  Invest now to enable Housing Association tenants to benefit from free electricity.  This is a great opportunity to invest in 6 consented solar and hydro schemes – an ethical, secure, investment in community-scale, clean energy installations.  Millions have been raised by Community Energy groups across the UK – you have the power!

“I’ve been following TRESOC’s fortunes for some years – and was strongly in favour of their (sadly) unsuccessful wind farm application 18 months ago.  For me, TRESOC represents exactly the kind of organisation on which the future of energy in the UK will come increasingly to depend.  Personally, I’ve invested £2,500 – and wish it could be a lot more.  Over the last five years, I have set aside roughly £5,000 a year to invest in community energy schemes around the country.  It just makes much more sense to me at the moment than sticking it in a pension pot!” – Jonathon Porritt  See the story in the Herald Express

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Project 1, SOLAR: SOCIAL   Project 2, SOLAR: CULTURAL   Project 3, SOLAR: RURAL  Project 4, HYDRO: ICONIC   Project 5, HYDRO: PROVEN   Project 6, HYDRO: HISTORIC

Read our Prospectus, then apply by returning the Application Form and a cheque – for £20 up to £100,000 – to us before Monday 21st July.  Membership comes with TRESOC’s acceptance of your application and investment payment. 

Talk at Torbay Hospital

PrintThis is exactly the kind of help we need!  An offer at the Tagore Festival from a potential new member to arrange a presentation to 130 hospital staff at Torbay Hospital.  As a result, we’ll be speaking at lunchtime on 2nd July in the Horizon Centre about our journey, the success of Leatside, why Community Energy is the clean, healthy way for us, collectively, to take a stake in our energy future and why this Share Offer is a really important opportunity.  Where do you work?  Who do you know?  TREC Lecture Theatre, Horizon Centre, Torbay Hospital, 12-2pm on Wednesday 2nd July.  Open to all.

TRESOC at Tagore

Tagore_stallTRESOC had a presence at the 3-day festival and thoroughly enjoyed the range of conversations we had with members and potential investors.  Lots of interest in the Totnes Weir project and suggestions for other projects that we could undertake… if we meet our Share Issue target.  Invest and help us treat nature with respect.  Quote from Satish Kumar: “Let’s get rid of the isms and make them wasms”.  Next:  Ways With Words, 5th-13th July.  Volunteer on our stall in the reading tent!

Staverton Leat project gets big thumbs up

Staverton_smTRESOC has received a very positive response to the historic Staverton Leat project.  Julian Sharpe of the Dart Anglers Association has said, “I am very, very keen to see this scheme happen, and my beloved fish protected.”  A member of the Staverton Leat Working Group added, “This is the best answer to our problems”.  See the latest project update.

RTPI SW planners briefed on TCWF

Presentation RTPI imageMD Ian Bright was a guest speaker on 16th May at the RTPI SW Conference on Planning for Renewable Energy at Plymouth University.  Ian was asked to share learning from the TRESOC experience of community energy and the planning system and spoke on “TRESOC and the Totnes Community Wind Farm: a case study” – RTPI TCWF RTPI Presentation

The event was well attended by planners from across the South West, including a strong contingent from South Hams District Council.  It was encouraging to see planners engaging with the UK renewable energy agenda, although the outlook for large wind turbines in the planning system remains bleak.  New guidance from the Dept. for Communities and Local Government on engaging with local communities in wind farm developments is expected soon. Meanwhile, TRESOC is concentrating on other, less contentious renewable energy technologies in solar and hydro for the 2014 Share Issue.

Ian says, “It was good to have the chance to tell our side of the TCWF story to SW planners, and to say what we did next. A good working relationship with local government is key to the success of community energy enterprises like TRESOC. Thanks also to the SHDC planners who gave me a lift home!”

Hydro & Solar Roofs Share Issue Launched!

We were out in full force at the market today, talking to lots of people about our Share Issue, and collecting proxy votes for our SGM on May 22nd (the proposal is boundary removal).  Matt Harvey’s poem, “To whom does Energy Belong?” written for our Share Issue launch, adorned the columns of the Butterwalk.  First performed at South Brent’s Third Folk Festival, Matt’s poem proclaims:
Matt Harvey

“For when it shines and when it pours
– On one or both we can depend –
The good accrues to you and yours
When you’re TRESOC’s all-weather friend…”

Download Matt’s poem

Boundary Removal for More Local Investment

As we approach the opening of our Share Issue, we have an important bit of business to conduct.  Find out why removing our boundary makes sense at this point in our evolution and cast your vote at a Special General Meeting:  Thursday 22nd May at 7pm, Totnes Boating Association, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes, TQ9 5AL.
  Please join us, with tea/coffee/nibbles provided.  RSVP by emailing admin@tresoc.co.ukA full set of our existing rules found at the bottom of the page here or contact us if you would like a copy.
Proxy Form only
Explanatory letter to members with Proxy Form
SGM Agenda including the proposed rule change

Members’ ideas for Share Issue

Fantastic turn-out upstairs at the Kingsbridge Inn at our Share 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 solar PV (for roofs) and hydropower projects including PV on the roofs of over 70 households (with South Devon Rural Housing Association) and a £500,000 community investment in the hydro project at Totnes Weir. With the two PV schemes that we own at Leatside Surgery and Follaton Community Centre, these would get us to over 750 Kilowatts of generating capacity, come rain or shine – a fantastic goal to aim for.  How can you help?  Get in touch!

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