It’s Time for Solidarity!

Frack Free Totnes, a new activist group, holds awareness-raising stalls on FridStop fracking eventays and Saturdays 11.30-1.30pm on Totnes High St/Market square. A meeting this Sunday 15th Jan. at 7pm, Seven Stars Hotel, TQ9 5DD will focus on actions and strategies we can take here in Totnes, for example, switch to a green energy provider, switch banks, write letters, create street theatre and street choir songs, join solidarity trips to direct action camps or support divestment initiatives. There will be a public Film Show on Sunday 29th Jan. For more information, contact Peter Burgess on 01803 862980 or 07747038371. Here’s their Facebook page.


Community Energy Study Tour – Brussels

Tresoc Managing Director, Ian Bright joined Regen SW and colleagues from South West England, London, Manchester & Wales in Brussels, December 2016. Part of a community energy study tour, they met with Molly Scott Cato, MP at the European Parliament.

Community energy is becoming a major player in the development of renewable energy infrastructure, delivering clean green energy and sustainable local economies across Europe and beyond. Cheaper than new gas or nuclear now too!

The President of the REScoop-eu, Dirk Vansintjan, gave this presentation on ‘Moving Towards Energy Democracy.’


The World’s First ‘Archimedes Screw Fest’ Event Update …


On Saturday, October 15th 2016, the first ever Archimedes Screw Fest took place at the Hydro Power Station on Totnes Weir. The event marked the Hydro Station’s first birthday and a year of green electricity generation.There were several family activities running throughout the day providing an opportunity to learn first-hand about the local ecosystem and the amazing renewable energy source right on our doorstep. Tresoc’s director of Engineering, Alastair Gets, led tours/talks around the site throughout the day, which included a close up inspection inside the plant and of the fish pass.

Read the full event update…

Thanks to Landustrie and Dart Renewables Ltd, who sponsored Archimedes Screw Fest, and to all those who joined us at the weir and made the day so special. Archimedes Screw Fest was part of TTT Open Eco Homes weekend.

Vote in Community Referendum Today – Wednesday 23rd November

Make sure you vote in the Totnes Referendum today on the ‘community right to build order’ to approve the development of the Atmos project, on the site of the derelict Dairy Crest Dairy (next to the train station). Atmos will create a multi use site that will include a community centre, recreational facilities, a retirement home, low cost housing, and industrial units. Their vision is to build a development that will be carbon neutral, involving different renewable energy technologies – Vote Yes!         

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Annual Report 2016

We are pleased to invite you to our Annual General Meeting at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 30th November, 2016 at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes. 

Please do join us also for drinks, nibbles and sparkling conversation at St. John’s, after the AGM.

We are delighted also to welcome as our Guest Speaker: Karen Williams, C.O.O. of The Dartington Hall Trust, as TRESOC looks towards working in partnership with the Trust.


Building on the award winning success of last year, this year the Tresoc Team have continued to develop the solar portfolio with the purchase of the 50kW roof mounted array at Hatchlands Farm and the installation of a new 30kW roof mounted array at Lescaze House, Dartington. This marks the start of Tresoc providing electricity direct to consumers via private wire network, and thus becoming an electricity supplier. Tresoc has also established the Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society to develop a 100 kW hydro power station which will supply low cost renewable electricity to Dartington Hall Trust. Furthermore, we continued to investigate the potential for an on farm anaerobic digestion plant to convert local food wastes into electricity, heat and valuable fertiliser.

On the administration front, we have upgraded our financial management and forecasting capabilities with the adoption of SAGE financial software.
To further the development of renewable energy through community engagement and education we organised several community events and worked with a range of students. These include: a project with Plymouth University design students on Totnes Weir; a summer internship with a student from Exeter University to investigate the potential for the anaerobic digestion of local food waste, which culminated in a community talk; Guest talks at Schumacher; and, the first ever Archimedes Screw Fest.

The income stream from our solar assets, with a welcome bonus from the sale of shares in Dart Renewables to Tresoc members, means that we are on target to make a trading surplus in the current financial year.  This will allow a first modest interest payment to members of 2%.  Details will be announced at the AGM and payments will be made at the end of our financial year in April 2017. This hard won ability to operate profitably is a key milestone for Tresoc and we are keen to celebrate and share this achievement with our members at this AGM.  Your continuing loyalty and support during the long haul to profitability has been key to our success. 

Come and Take Part 

We urge you to come to our AGM, ask questions and help us develop our strategy for the year ahead – we’d like to welcome all of you!  Our goal – as always – is that you are aligned with, and endorse the efforts we are making on your behalf.

The Agenda for the AGM can be found here. The Directors’ Report and a summary of our latest Accounts to 31st March 2015 will be available at the AGM or can be down loaded from the website shortly.   A signed copy of the Accounts has been submitted to the Financial Services Authority, and copies will be available to members at the AGM.

On entry to the AGM your name will be checked against the Register of Members. Attendees will be required to vote on society business.  We would be grateful if you could let us know if you plan to attend;  Click here to RSVP online.  Alternatively, if you are unable to attend and, wish to nominate a proxy, please find a Proxy Voting Form along with the AGM Agenda on the website.

Member Communications 

In order to keep you up to date, we do need to have your current contact details.  So, if there are any changes to your address, email address or phone number please do let us know.  You can also find on the website all the latest news on our projects, press releases and newsletters, as well as full copy of the Society’s Rules.

If you have any queries regarding any aspect of your investment or TRESOC in general we are always happy to help.  You can contact us by telephone 01803 867431, email or via our website, and we’d be pleased to hear from you if you feel you could offer some of your time and/or skills to help develop the Society.

So that just leaves us to say thank you for helping to empower your community by being part of TRESOC.   

We look forward to seeing you on 30th November.    

The First Ever Archimedes Screw Festival

tresoc_archimedes tresoc_wrtkids tresoc_img_2799TRESOC is hosting The First Ever Archimedes Screw Festival at Totnes Weir on the River Dart on Saturday, 15 October, 2016, 11am – 4pm.

Science:  Join Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) river scientists to look at the salmon’s “eco home”.  Simple testing kits will enable you to take measurements and look at ecological status of the Dart.  Join hundreds of other Citizen Scientists in the region – sign up with WRT to become a River Dart steward.
Art: Celebrate the Dart – make a silver salmon and add it to a giant community shoal.
Energy: Hydro scheme tours at 12 noon and 3pm with Tresoc’s Alastair Gets, Director of Engineering – see inside the working plant.  Find out about Tresoc’s new hydro project at Staverton Leat.
cz99anzw0aaimqhJoin in: Share your own Tales of the Riverbank.  Help us design a permanent sign to explain more about the scheme – what do you want to know?  Participate in a clean-up along the river.

TIME CHANGE: Totnes Rubbish Walks volunteers will start at Totnes Bridge at 11am, arriving at the weir by noon, continuing along the river, finishing by 1pm.
If you work up an appetite: Taste Archimedes’ favourite Sicilian snack, veg-filled arancini – on sale from 12:30pm, while supplies last, fresh from local food geniuses, The Kitchen Table.

The festival is part of Transition Town Totnes’ Open Eco Homes weekend. From the traditional to the unconventional, the tour highlights inspiring homes at different stages on the journey to reducing their energy bills and environmental impact.

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.


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 – £1.3m target reached

Fantastic news!  Dart Renewables Bond Issue raised £1.3m and has now closed.
The Dart Renewables 2015 bond issue to raise capital to finance completion of this iconic Totnes hydro scheme closed ahead of schedule as the target total of £1.3m was reached with 9 days to go.  About a fifth of the funds raised came from local investment.  Congratulations to Dart Renewables, who have worked diligently on the project for many years.

Read more about TRESOC’s continued involvement.
Download Dart Renewables’ information sheet about the scheme.

SHINE project kicks off

We’ve started our SHINE project… solar PV on the roofs of 77 social housing homes across the region, from Plymouth to Exeter, concentrated in Totnes and Dartington.  Expected annual generation 270,000 kWh. Savings for SDRHA residents approx. £40,000 per year.  C02 equivalent 121 tonnes per year.  NOW GENERATING! – the array on Devon Rural Housing Association’s HQ, also home to the Totnes Work Hub.  Lower electricity bills for tenants!  The SHINE project launched on Friday 27th March.

AGM success and next steps


TRESOC team at the AGM with local TRESOC ale

GREAT NEWS!  TRESOC members voted almost unanimously to accept bank loan finance and release our Share Issue investment of £258,000.  As a result, we are now 1) progressing with Charity Bank loan documentation and 2) moving forward with the SHINE project – solar on the roofs of 77 Housing Association homes across the area.  Next will come the purchase of the roof-mounted 50kW array at Hatchlands Farm.  Then we can turn our attention to hydro and start organising our Creative Conversations, where we’ll open up the dialogue about the what, where, why and how of Community Energy.
TRESOC AGM Directors Report Mar 2015