AGM 2019

We are pleased to invite you to our Annual General Meeting at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at the Totnes United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RP. Please do join us for drinks at the Seven Stars following the official business of the AGM.

Members, friends and the public are welcome to come along, 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 Directors’ Report and a summary of our latest Accounts to 31st March 2019 will be available. A signed copy of the Accounts has been submitted to the Financial Services Authority, and copies will also be available. We would be grateful if you could let us know if you plan to attend.

If you are a member and are unable to attend, it is important you arrange a Proxy Vote. The Rules of TRESOC require 10% of members to vote at the AGM and, with 560 members, every vote counts.  Please give your Proxy Vote to another Member or Director of the Society by downloading and signing the Proxy Voting Form.  Give the completed Form to your nominated member, post to TRESOC, 107 High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SN, or scan and email to admin@tresoc.co.uk

Agenda and Proxy Voting Form

 

Community Energy Spring Gathering, February 2020

The Community Energy Spring Gathering is an open space event hosted by the Devon Community Energy Network, and open to any community energy group. 2020’s two-day, fun-filled residential will take place at the beautiful Dartington Estate and will include walks, talks, fantastic food and collaborative discussion themed around community energy. The event aspires to build a community of practitioners that support each other. By sharing our experiences, learning from each other and building mutual trust and understanding, we hope to gain valuable input and perspectives on the issues that matter to us.

Here are some of the topics we covered last year:

Innovation: local supply and distribution, network innovation, renewable energy generation technologies, project economics and financing, how to raise £ millions, and a secondary market for solar

Consolidation: education and schools, rooftop PV lease-busting, collective action and co-ordination, collective ownership of renewables, fuel poverty and energy advice services, managing your assets more effectively and avoiding risk.

This year’s agenda comprises:

Friday 28th February

9.00                 Tea and Coffee

9.30                 Welcome and introductions

10.00               Brainstorming to define areas of interest for open sessions

10.30               Open Session 1

12.00               Lunch

13.00               Open Session 2

14.30               Tea and Coffee

15.30               Open Session 3

17.00               Session ends

19.00               Dinner at Waterside Bistro in Totnes

It takes 45 minutes to walk there, bus leaves at 18.05, or taxi takes 10 minutes.

Saturday 29th February

10 – 12.00       Walk along the Dart to Totnes Weir Hydro for Tour

To take part in the day, please book your tickets here.

 

Solar Charger Making Workshops in September

Sally has been working with Art&Energy CIC to bring TRESOC these day long workshops, where participants will have the chance to:

  • get hands on with solar power
  • learn how solar panels work
  • explore what goes into making one
  • handle the tools and components involved
  • test their device

At the end of the day participants will be able to take home their own solar panel to charge their devices. All materials are included and no experience is necessary but because of space limitations, the workshops are for adults only. Places are first come first served, so please click on the dates below and book now to avoid disappointment!


Monday 16th September 2019


Saturday 28th September 2019

Staverton Hydro meeting July 31st 2019

The Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society (SHCBS) will be welcoming residents of Staverton Parish and TRESOC members to an update meeting on progress with the Staverton Hydro Project from 7-9pm on Wednesday 31st July at The Courtroom, Staverton.

Although the opportunity to pre-register for FIT payments has now passed there are other routes to realisation of the project in the near term and the SHCBS Board wishes to consult with the local community before taking a decision on how best to proceed. The Staverton Hydro Project is still in the planning process, pending a decision from the Environment Agency on whether to approve the Project. TRESOC and the Fishtek consortium are working closely with the EA on the Reports and Studies required to address concerns raised and we are encouraged by a suggestion from the Agency to work with SHCBS on a profit sharing basis to realise this.

The evening will consist of a short presentation on the current state of play, followed by a discussion where we would like to hear views on the options available for making further progress.

 

Totnes Community Development Society

Find out more about the TCDS’s new membership opportunity at Tresoc’s AGM.

Also giving a short presentation on the night, Mark Burton from the Totnes Community Development Society [TCDS] will talk about the exciting new developments that, as a local community member, you can help support.

Totnes Renewable Energy Society are signing up to this free membership offer which is available to download here or, alternatively by visiting their website.

TCDS is about “development through a community organisation of buildings and land in Totnes – owned by those living and working in the area.” Part of that development includes the ATMOS project: an initiative to create jobs, affordable homes and community space – through a Community Right to Build Order – on the old Dairy Crest site in Totnes. Site plans and designs include an Energy Centre, which Tresoc are looking forward to being involved with.

AGM 2018

AGM
14TH November 2018, 7-9pm
Royal Seven Stars, Totnes

 

Guest Speaker – Guy Watson
Riverford Organics’ Founder and Farmer

 

At this year’s AGM we’re celebrating our 11th year with guest speaker Guy Watson who’ll be talking about Ownership – is it time for something different? This free event is open to members and general public so you can bring friends and family too.

We exist to benefit our community, to create renewable energy projects that deliver low cost energy from local sources, backed by local investors.

As well as reporting on the past year’s activities we’ll also be looking ahead to 2019 – set to be a landmark year. After recent feasibility studies, we’ll soon be offering opportunities to invest in upcoming local schemes, including  a Solar Schools Share Offer, the anaerobic digester at Old Parsonage Farm on the Dartington Estate and the new Staverton Hydro – the culmination of 4 years’ work with our partners Fishtec and consultations with the local community. This will involve repairing the weir for the Environment Agency and also be repairing and maintaining the leat itself, taking it from just a tiny trickle to a healthy supply of water fit to keep the hydro plant going.

We believe in ethics and sustainability in business and that there’s a new, kinder way of doing things to benefit local people, the local environment and local economy. These are transformative times worthy of celebrating and Totnes is once again ahead of the curve. We hope you can join us for an inspiring evening.

Ian Bright & the Tresoc team

#FollowtheMoney

Through 10th September to the 5th October, The Charity Bank is running a Follow The Money campaign [#FollowTheMoney]. Tresoc were delighted to be invited to be a part of this, meeting up with the Charity Bank on the first day of their campaign on a visit to Totnes.

As you may already be aware, The Charity Bank provided a loan to Tresoc during a crucial stage of the society’s development, allowing the solar installation at Hatchlands Farm to get underway and for our solar portfolio to expand. Charity Bank are profiling us in a national campaign to show how Tresoc have developed into a thriving local renewable energy society, with all the benefits this brings to our community.

Read more about how this timely intervention helped Tresoc, with words from our Executive Director, Ian Bright, on the Follow The Money Campaign website.

Thank you to local Tresoc members who were able to turn up and be a part of this occasion.

The 3rd Annual Archimedes Screw Fest

The 3rd Annual Archimedes Screw Fest 

Totnes Weir
Event date: 6th October 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Admission: Free

Join us to celebrate the River Dart and its most spectacular new landmark – the twin turbines of the Totnes Weir hydropower scheme.

We’ll be celebrating the many ways we all care for the River Dart – we support clean energy, make art, write poetry, stop plastic getting in to it, learn about biodiversity, become citizen scientists, notice problems, track and log wildlife, swim, boat and fish considerately…

Rain or shine there’ll be loads of fun activities going on all day …

  • Turbine Tours at 12 noon and 3pm
  • Eureka! Meet Archimedes in person
  • Citizen Science and rivers bugs with Westcountry Rivers Trust
  • Renewable energy technology workshops for primary children with REEL
  • Join in with the “Plastic Free Salmon” art project
  • Find out about Bio-Regional Learning Centre’s pilot Dart Charter on the Dartington Estate
  • Learn about more community energy investment opportunities from TRESOC
  • Yummy arancini (Archimedes favourite snack) from The Kitchen Table

The Screw Fest is Tour Stop #4 on Transition Town Totnes’ Eco Homes Weekend trail. 

How to get there
The site is accessible via foot- and cycle-path from Totnes to Dartington – it’s about half a mile upstream of Totnes town centre. It’s a lovely easy walk on flat ground. No parking nearby.

Hope to see you …

All best

The TRESOC Team.

Learn how to Generate Renewable Energy from Goats Poop!

 ‘Walk & Talks’

Old Parsonage Farm, Dartington
19th September – 1pm / 3.30pm / 5.30pm

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Join tenant farmer Jon Perkin and the Tresoc team down on the farm to discover how a 100kW anaerobic digester on the Dartington estate could process farm yard manures with other green materials and food wastes from cafes and restaurants on the Dartington Estate, and turn it into renewable energy.

Free, but you need to register at: info@tresoc.co.uk

Kids very welcome 

The AD plant would generate green, low cost energy for local businesses, increase regional energy security, displace burning of fossil fuels for electricity, use waste products, divert waste from landfill, provide an opportunity for local people to invest locally and directly access the economic benefits, and support local jobs.

How it works

Organic waste materials processed by anaerobic bacteria in a digestion tank on the farm would produce methane gas, which would then be used to generate electricity and heat – a method that is beneficial for the environment. The spent digestate, with valuable plant nutrients, would be used as a clean organic fertiliser on the farm.

The feasibility study has been carried out by Tresoc in partnership with tenant farmer Jon Perkin, of Old Parsonage Farm (home of Dartington Dairy), the Dartington Hall Trust (DHT) and Dr Phil Hobbs of Anaerobic Analytics. Totnes based Argand Solutions has been monitoring the energy demand of Old Parsonage Farm and the wider Dartington Estate, and has determined that an AD plant would work.

Community Energy Fortnight 2018

Community Energy Fortnight 2018

Community Energy Fortnight 2018

The annual Community Energy Fortnight (CEF) is a platform to showcase inspiring examples of communities who are sharing their resources, wasting less and embracing new technologies as diverse as solar-PV arrays, wind turbines, hydro-electricity and biomass heat.

The theme for this year is ‘Energised Communities‘. From 23 June – 8 July we will be celebrating the energised communities who are tenaciously generating and saving energy, fighting fuel poverty, improving their local environment, reducing carbon emissions and innovating the energy system. The fight against climate change is people powered!

We are looking for event organisers to help us make 2018 an even more diverse and distinctly louder celebration of all things community energy. For an overview of what happened last year, see here. For resources and inspirational ideas for your event, check our event pack. If you’re interested in running an event for CEF18, or would like to know more, please fill in this form, or email communityenergyfortnight@gmail.com

Can’t organise an event? You can still can involved in the Fortnight by spreading the voice on social media, writing a piece for the CEF blog, or attending the UK’s largest Community Energy Conference which will kick-start the Fortnight and see the launch of the much anticipated second State of the Sector report.

The Second Annual Archimedes Screw Fest

The Second Annual Archimedes Screw Fest at Totnes Weir on the River Dart  on Saturday October 7th, 11am – 4pm. Free

Turbine tours by Alastair Gets of TRESOC at 12 noon & 3pm
• Meet Archimedes!
• River science all day with Westcountry Rivers Trust – bring the grandkids
• Sign up to become a Riverkeeper – a steward of the River Dart
• Delicious veg-filled arancini to eat, from The Kitchen Table
The Screw Fest is back! 
• If you missed the tours last year, join us on the 7th and see your investment at work producing clean electricity for KEVICC & the foundry.
• If you came on a tour last year, please suggest to a friend that they come along this year.
 
You are part of a success story:
• The turbines have been cranking since they began generating electricity in December 2015.  The plant has been performing ahead of expectations.
• The recreational area created near the turbine house was very popular over the summer – local people love it!
• The Renewable Energy Experiential Learning pilot with St Christopher’s school saw a class of students hearing how the turbines work, designing their own water-moving devices and making water wheels from sticks and leaves at the river’s edge – shoes and socks off, feet in the water!  If you missed it, here’s the link to the film – please share it.
• The canoe launch platform was also much-used by kayakers and swimmers
• The automatic fish counter has tracked 100’s of fish and the fish pass has been welcomed by Westcountry Rivers Trust as truly “best practice.”
More good news:
• Staverton Hydro….. learn all about this new investment opportunity…..
Looking forward to seeing you on the 7th – rain or shine.
 
The Screw Fest is part of:
Open Eco-Homes Weekend
Fri 6, Sat 7 and Sun 8 Oct. Free
17 exciting homes and projects open to visit – full details in the programme or get your hard copy from Greenlife, The Mansion, Guildhall or Library, Totnes.
 
and don’t forget: 
Eco & Community Homes Fair
Sat 21 Oct 10.00am to 3.00pm, Totnes Civic Hall. Free