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Exeter Community Energy

Exeter Community Energy (ECoE) now has nine rooftop solar installations at Shillingford Organics, Wonford Community and Learning Centre, Exeter Central Library, Great Moor House, Exeter College, Pinhoe Rd Baptist Church, Glasshouse Lane Medical Centre and The Beehive Community Complex in Honiton.

They are also helping people across our region who are in, or at risk of, fuel poverty reduce their energy consumption and bills in the Healthy Homes for Wellbeing project. Exeter Community Energy are now also seeking new solar roofs urgently before the likely closure of the UK’s feed in tariff scheme to new applications in March 2019, and collaborating with Western Power Distribution on enabling access to substation data in the Open LV project

Their aim is to bring together people who are interested in building a sustainable future for our community, who care about climate change and the depletion of resources, and who want to reduce fuel bills, promote energy efficiency and address fuel poverty.

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Key Outputs

To date ECoE has deployed nine solar installations across the City of Exeter, and is looking to facilitate a lot more in the next few years.

ECoE have also developed a Community Fund from the revenue generated from their Solar PV1 and Solar PV 2 projects in order to give back to Exeter and the communities of Exeter through additional grant funding.

ECoE’s nine solar power installations have generated over 750MWh to date and saved over 293 tonnes of carbon. Over the projects’ 20 years lifespan, they expect to make over £170,000 available to the Community Fund, which is available for local community groups to apply for funding for projects that help to save energy and/or help to alleviate fuel poverty.

So far ECoE have sponsored a couple of green energy projects within the city. For example in 2017-18 the Music in Devon Initiative launched their solar-powered PA via funding from ECoE’s Community Fund, which as well as displacing fossil-fuel-powered energy allows them to perform in off-grid locations.


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