“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

The Energy Potential of Local Food Waste

Caspar_smCaspar Sayany, MEng Renewable Energy student at Exeter Uni student and Tresoc intern, presented his research findings. Caspar interviewed 49 businesses in Totnes and found they produce 164 tonnes of food waste per year, or 3,161kg/week.  The UK’s millions of tonnes of unavoidable food waste, like peelings and apple cores, has costs – energy, money, space, time, smell and environmental.  Our AD project at Dartington at Old Parsonage Farm will be a great way to recycle nutients and to produce energy.  Separating waste will be the challenge…. maybe we can learn from Japan‘s gomi (rubbish) guides: “Trash-related issues could easily become a cause of trouble with your neighbors. To establish a comfortable life for both you and others in the community, it is important to follow local rules for trash collection.”

Take a look at Caspar’s presentation, download it here.

Polish producer Adam Dzienis, filming Caspar, is creating a film to highlight the vital and thriving contribution of co-operative energy across Europe.


Staverton Director sought for BenCom

The newly formed Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society is seeking a Director from Staverton to join its small team.  Details of role and responsibilities to follow.  For initial enquiries contact admin@tresoc.co.uk


Tresoc dispatches from the community renewable energy frontline

The Tresoc team has been busy lately managing new investments in solar (the roofs of Bidwell Brook School and Lescaze House on the Dartington Estate) and Staverton Leat Hydro, and the Society is on target to make a profit in the current financial year.    With all that’s happening its not always easy to keep our patient and loyal members fully informed.  Our Managing Director, Ian Bright ventures into the blogosphere to bring you up to date with Tresoc affairs.


Putting our hydro knowledge to good use

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Town Mills, once a hydro station and former corn mill

We are moving forward with the Staverton Leat Hydro Project, researching the history of the Town Mills hydro plant that was in operation for 40 years, generating electricity for the Dartington Estate.  Read the story, it’s a fascinating history!  This small-scale, regenerative project will incorporate a single Archimedes turbine.  In addition, the project aims to restore the leat walls, which have fallen into disrepair and are threatened by inconsistent water levels.  A new fish pass and smoult pass will help up- and down-stream migration of river life.


Totnes Weir Hydro Share Offer reaches the target

Tresoc Members invested just over £300,000 in the iconic 300 kW Totnes Weir hydro power plant.  Because the target was reached through local investment, there was no need to open up the share offer to a wider audience—local investment works!  Triodos have sent out share certificates.  If you missed out on this opportunity, don’t fret, more good things are on the way.  We have a working partnership with the Hydrosense consortium, developers of the Totnes weir site, and we are moving forward with a new, local hydro project and more on-roof solar.  Get in touch if you’d be interested in investing.

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Dart Renewables’ Pete Kibel explaining all aspects of the project to a group of Tresoc members.

Read more about this Share Offer.


Totnes Weir hydro delivers!

The left turbine is providing power to KEVICC and the right turbine to the Foundry on the Industrial Estate.The Totnes Weir hydro plant has been generating electricity since December 2015.   It’s two turbines each produce power for KEVICC school and the foundry on the Industrial Estate and the plant is currently over-delivering – from an installed capacity of 300 kW up to 370 kW!  Designed to withstand a 100 year flood and the additional impact of high spring tides and increased river levels due to climate change, the scheme has coped admirably with the recent storms we’ve been having.

In the photo, the left turbine is providing power to KEVICC and the right turbine to the Foundry on the Industrial Estate.


AGM Member survey results

Group discussion on topics raised in AGM presentations

Thanks to those members who filled in surveys at our AGM back in December 2015.  Here are 3 general findings that support our role in the Community Energy movement:

  • Tresoc is raising awareness of the issues surrounding community renewable energy
  • Tresoc is seen to act responsibly in its decision-making and actions and is thought to be effectively consulting its members
  • Tresoc offers a viable alternative to conventional investing.

The full report can be found here on our Member page (under 02/12/15 AGM) with lots of detail on the 9 questions we asked.


Renewables are undeniably the way forward

MerkelClimateHeroThe outcome of COP21 is something to celebrate: net-zero human emissions – a balancing of what we release into the air and what is taken out – and when the dust settles and the Paris Agreement is in the hands of lawmakers, clean energy will be the best, cheapest, and most effective way to keep their promise.  What else?

  • At least $100 billion in finance after 2020 to keep the money for poor countries flowing for decades;
  • A promise to meet every five years to increase ambition and move us closer and closer to the day the net-zero world becomes reality; and
  • A global agreement that climate change is a world problem, requiring cooperation from Saudi Arabia to Spain to Senegal to deliver a future for this human family.

Most importantly, the mobilization in the face of climate change sends a clear message to investors everywhere: sinking money into fossil fuels is a dead bet. Renewables are the profit centre. Technology to bring us to 100% clean energy is the money-maker of the future.


Hooray, we are Best Community Initiative, 2015!

2011 GEA logo - WINNERTresoc is the winner of the RegenSW’s 2015 South West Green Energy Award for the Best Community Initiative.  “As judges, we are impressed by the dedication and achievements of community led energy initiatives, an area showing substantial growth and momentum across the country and particularly here in the South West. This is an ambitious movement that is increasingly showing it can deliver.  The year’s winner has an excellent balance of community engagement with local residents and has developed an innovative partnership model with a housing association and local installer.

Alastair Gets receiving the award on behalf of the team.

Alastair Gets receiving the award on behalf of the team.

It has successfully installed solar PV on social housing, to provide power to local households and reduce their electricity bills significantly.  Please can I invite onto the stage the winner of the 2015 South West Green Energy Award for the Best Community Initiative: TRESOC
– Emma Bridge, Community Energy England, lead judge

“Winning the “Best Community Initiative” in the South West is a great compliment that you and the entire TRESOC team richly deserve for your passionate desire to develop green energy opportunities in and around Totnes.”
– Ian Alexander, Charity Bank


Tresoc to make an operating profit in 2016

It’s a challenge for Santa too, but he always gets there in the end!

Tresoc’s AGM will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd, 7pm at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, TQ9 5AJ.  ALL WELCOME.  See what your investment has helped to achieve and what we’ll be doing next year.  Shine 1 and 2 were completed by late summer, Shine 3 has launched – solar on 15 additional properties will be registered before FIT payment rates are reduced in January.  The purchase of Hatchlands array is moving towards completion and we’re lining up hydro projects to give us excellent prospects for future growth. Here’s our 2015 AGM agenda and Directors’ Report. Highlights:

  • Member interest announcement
  • Guest speakers: Dr John Green, new Green District Councillor & Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos Bank
  • Policy Director Olly Frankland’s quick guide to recent Government actions
  • Engineering Director Alastair Gets unveils our new data monitoring platform (working with local company, Argand Solutions)
  • Beer from New Lion Brewery

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