Two Valleys Community Energy has been set up to involve local people in generating energy in the Teign and Wray Valleys (including parishes of Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Christow, Dunsford, Bridford, Ashton, Trusham & Doddiscombsleigh) and surrounding rural communities in order to:
- Reduce carbon emissions by generating electricity from renewable sources.
- Enable local people to own and participate in community energy projects
- Support activities in the community that promote awareness of enery generation, consumption and improved efficiency.
- Support wider community initiatives through the use of surplus profits.
Moretonhampstead Development Trust (MDT), Greener Teign (GT) and Christow Community Land Trust (CLT) have come together to create this project. We have held public meetings within our communities to gain their support from the outset.
The combined group brings together considerable expertise. MDT has 20 years’ experience in developing and managing community facilities such as Green Hill Arts, the Heritage & Youth Centre and projects providing energy efficiency advice and support. GT has been promoting climate change issues and renewable energy in the Teign Valley since 2009. Valuable lessons were learned by the CLT in gaining local approval for building 18 highly energy efficient (PassivHaus standard) dwellings in the village as affordable housing for the young and elderly.
Progress to date: awards of £3,700 from RegenSW to kick-start the project and £20,000 from the Government’s Rural Community Energy Fund for a detailed feasibility study; tendering and appointment of consultants to carry out the study and to produce a rigorous business plan; pinpointing potential rooftop and ground-based solar and hydro sites; discussions with building and land owners; extensive training in all the major aspects
of running a Community Energy Scheme for which we are again grateful to RegenSW.
We are now in the process of developing a sound environmental and economic proposal that will be put to our communities at further public meetings. Only if we gain their approval will we then proceed to fund-raise through a share offer to bring the whole plan to fruition
We also recently received £2,000 from the Devon Community Energy Accelerator Fund via RegenSW. This enabled us to pre-register a number of rooftop P.V. sites for Feed in tariffs.