|OVESCO is expanding their community energy mentoring service, thanks to funding given to Co-operatives UK by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. We want to more groups to follow in our footsteps and develop their own local renewable energy projects.|
We want to hear from Transition Groups, Green Campaign Groups and communities who want to generate their own renewable power in the South East. HKD Energy is one of the groups OVESCO recently supported with training and they launched their first share issue in November for £150,000 to install PV on the roof of Dowlands School’s and your community could do the same! Eligible community energy groups accepted onto the programme can access up to 6 days of support from the Peer Mentors. It is perceived that mentoring activities will be undertaken using a range of interventions to include face to face meetings (one to one or group), telephone discussions and email exchanges. Full details will be provided when you apply for support, and you will be matched with the mentor who meets your needs in terms of project type and location. You could be generating your own community power in 2015!
OVESCO is offering to support communities in the SE with applications for the Rural and Urban Community Energy Fund. The fund will help communities with initial project development costs for renewable energy and help them take their projects to a pre planning application stage. For more information and help with an application, feasibility study and how to set up an energy Co-op contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ED Davey the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change and local MP Norman Baker visited Harvey Depot today (Thursday 13th November) to see community energy in action. OVESCO Lewes’s own local energy generator and groups who are part of Community Energy South met for a discussion about the future of our energy supply. HKD Energy attended the meeting having launched their first share issue to fund Photovoltaic panels for Downlands School in Hassocks. Juliet Merrifield a director of HKD Energy asked about the importance of government support for community energy such as continued access to the Enterprise Investment Scheme for community energy schemes.
In the afternoon the visit moved on to a pop up energy shop in Newhaven high Street, which was launched as part of the Big Energy Saving Network to help local residents check energy bills, switch suppliers to save money. Ollie Pendered said ‘having a presence in Newhaven will help us support the public with concerns about energy bills and help show support for Newhaven as a hub for renewable energy in the future’. The Urban Community Energy Fund was launched by Ed Davey and Chris Rowland, an OVESCO director, said ‘we will be looking at this fund and applying to help the development renewable energy in Newhaven as an urban location’. Watch the video: Raising the roof over energy - on The Argus website...
Second Communities partnership announced
10th November 2014, Hastings: OVO Energy today announced its second ‘OVO Communities’ partnership, with Community Energy South, as part of its ground-breaking plan to democratise the energy market. The news follows just one month after OVO revealed plans for its first partnership with Plymouth Energy Community. Read it on the OVO Energy website...
MP welcomes pioneering new green energy tariff
Community Energy South, a Sussex-based community energy organisation, this week announced it will begin supplying energy to local residents in spring. Read it on the Hastings & St. Leonards Observer...
The Energy Mentoring programme is a new initiative which will enable new and existing community energy groups to benefit from support delivered by experienced and trained mentors who will help them to navigate the often complex financial, regulatory and organisational hurdles that are faced by ventures looking to develop community energy projects. Read it on the Energy Mentoring website...
This will help new communities set up energy co-ops in the South East.
Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer, Ditchling Transition (HKD) had a successful share launch - read it here... and they are the first group to offer shares from the CEPM work. Energise Sussex Coast where also successful using Enertgy4All - read it here...
These projects and others have been supported by OVESCO using the Community Energy Peer Mentor Fund.
A trip to Saxony in Germany on the 7th to 13th of December 2014 (£150 contribution to cost) to experience first hand how Germany has dealt with the integration of renewable energy technologies as part of their energy mix and what this has meant for the development of training programmes as well as from an investment point of view.