“TRESOC – a new type of community renewables company… a business that should be funded… TRESOC may enable Totnes to become one of the first towns to operate its own independent generation and energy retailing company supplying local homes and businesses with ‘local’ electricity” – Chris Goodall, Carbon Commentary
Dartington make further investment in TRESOC
The Dartington Hall Trust has increased its investment in TRESOC at a key point in the Society’s growth. The Trust joined TRESOC as a corporate member in 2010 and recently chose to invest a further £20,000 in TRESOC’s current Share Issue, bringing the total raised so far to £230,570. Our members continue to email us words of support along with their investments: “the reward for small investors is definitely seeing the alternative energy base grow and develop. I and others will rejoice just to see the solar panels spreading!”
Loan Application Submitted to Charity Bank
A fantastic total of £230,570 has been raised to date and we are still open for further applications. A heartfelt thank you to all our investors, old and new. After careful analysis of our finance model, we are pleased to have submitted our application to Charity Bank for a loan facility to enable us to make up the shortfall to the minimum target for this share issue. Read more here.
Renewables benefit both rich and poor
The World Future Council’s new handbook shows how forward-looking communities around the world are already moving away from reliance on fossil fuels and generating their own power with 100% renewables – while also becoming more prosperous and creating jobs. The report, ‘How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy‘, is released ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York tomorrow, when the UN Secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, will call on world leaders to make new commitments to cut fossil fuel use. Read an overview in this article in The Ecologist.
The Naturesave Trust contributes to TRESOC
Many thanks to The Naturesave Trust who have awarded TRESOC £250 towards the cost of printing our 2014 Share Issue prospectus. The Trust was set up in 1995 to fund specific environmental and conservation projects throughout the UK. It obtains 100% of its funds from the premiums generated by Naturesave Insurance, which uses the insurance industry as a vehicle for sustainable development. The primary function of the Trust is to encourage the greater adoption of sustainable development, especially within the Small and Medium Sized business community.
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Invest now to enable Housing Association tenants to benefit from free electricity. This is a great opportunity to put you money in 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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Talk at Torbay Hospital
This 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
TRESOC 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
TRESOC 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
MD 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:
“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