We will be running a briefing session in February for anyone who would like to learn how to help others reduce their fuel bills.
Wednesday 13th, 7pm - 8pm, Ivybridge Library, Erme Court, PL21 0SZ
The session lasts an hour, and is FREE (booking essential) and is suitable for befrienders, carers, home visiting professionals or anyone who would like to help clients, friends or family to get the best energy deal.
We will also cover how to access extra support from your supplier and making sure your home is energy efficient.
For more information, please click here.
Join us for a drink and a sandwich on Wednesday 18th January, drop in anytime from 4-7pm, at the Westward Inn, Lee Mill, PL21 9EE.
From 5.30pm we'll have a short series of talks:
Our technical team and specialist renewables lawyer will be available to chat and answer your questions.
There will be drinks and nibbles, and a large free car park, so pop in on your way home from work.
More information about the Lee Mill Solar Roof Project can be found here.
We are really excited to announce our new Community Solar Roof Project. SDCE was awarded a grant from the Rural Community Energy Fund to carry out a feasibility study to look at the potential for community owned solar PV on some of the roofs at Lee Mill Industrial Estate in the South Hams.
We are in the process of recruiting businesses on the estate who would be interested to take part in the study. There is no cost to the business.
The aim is to find at least five roofs suitable for PV, to then run a community share offer to raise the finance to install the panels. The businesses would receive reduced rate renewable electrcity and all profits from the sale of the electricity would be invested into a community fund used to increase the sustainability of the local area.
For more details on this project please click here.
SDCE Energy Advice Team are delighted to have helped 100 people already, since launching our advice service only a few weeks ago. We have been out and about across the South Hams at community events and drop in advice sessions, helping residents to understand their fuel bills and check they’re on the best energy deal.
We reached the milestone of having spoken to 100 people on Wednesday 9th November, whilst visiting Grosvenor Court in Ivybridge. Mrs Presland, who was attending the weekly coffee morning, was identified as the 100th customer and presented with a box of yummy chocolates to mark the occasion.
Katie Reville commented: “We are finding that lots of people are very loyal to their fuel suppliers but if they’re brave enough to shop around they could save £200-300 a year. We have already helped many households through the switching process and on average they will save £150 per year.
Many of us are used to shopping around for our car and home insurance, even if we just call our current company to check they’re giving us the best rate. We need to get into the habit of doing this for our energy too. There are now 46 energy suppliers in the UK so it is highly competitive and switching can be done on the internet, over the phone and even by post. All our energy comes from the same places and through the same pipes and wires so it seems silly to pay more for it, just to have a certain logo on your bill.”
Who will be our 200th client??? Pop along to one of our drop in sessions and it could be you!
On Saturday 15th October we held our first advice stand at the Ivybridge Flu Jab Clinic. Over 800 people were booked in for a very well organised clinic.
We know that across the UK, the Big 6 energy suppliers have 90% of customers, so we thought we'd do our own poll. And not deviating from the national trend, 84% of people were with the Big 6, overwhelmingly British Gas. Some people had switched in the last year and were on a good tariff, it was great to hear from people who take regular meter readings and switch each year, to make sure they get the best deal.
However a large number of people had not switched for years, and we were able to talk about how simple it is now to switch and let them know they could save up to £300 a year. You don't even have to switch supplier, at least just check if there is a cheaper tariff with the same supplier.
We're looking forward to the next event, Katie will be at the PL:21 Sustainable Energy Fair on Saturday 22nd. Please click here for a full list of all of our upcoming drop-in sessions.
On 23rd September Sophie was delighted to talk to the Ivybridge Wise and Wonderful group at Ivybridge Methodist Church, as part of the Big Energy Saving Network.
What a great turn out!
About 25 people came along to hear about how to switch fuel supplier, the Priority Service Register, Warm Home Discount and a little bit about smart meters. The group then came up with some excellent tips on how to save energy at home, which you can find here.
Then, over a cup of tea and a biscuit, Sophie and Katie were able to talk to people individually and look at their fuel bills. In some cases people could make a saving of up to £200!
Over the next six months we'll be doing more talks and drop in sessions around the South Hams, please get in touch if you'd like us to come and talk to you.
freephone 0800 112 3044
Katie and Sophie have both worked in the energy efficiency sector sector for many years and aim to deliver lots of outreach events and one to one support to residents across the South Hams. All the advice is free and impartial and can include home visits if necessary. Help is focussed on supporting people who have not switched suppliers before, who lack internet access, who have health issues or low incomes and will include practical support to help people reduce their bills. This can include advice on choosing the best energy tariff, help with switching supplier, information about smart meters and details of energy efficiency offers.
Katie and Sophie are looking for local community groups and events to attend over the next 6 months so that they can help as many people as possible. Would you like the team to attend your group, luncheon club or coffee morning to provide a talk or one to one advice session?
Would you like some free and impartial advice on reducing your fuel bills and getting the best from your energy supplier?
Does your team visit people at home who could benefit from the support available?
To book a talk, visit or to seek advice from your local Energy Champions please call 0800 112 3044 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday-Friday 9-5.
A programme of drop in advice sessions is being organised across the South Hams and further details will be available shortly.
We are delighted to welcome two new Directors to the board at SDCE, Jon Sparkes and Sonya Bedford, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to SDCE.
Jon is a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor, he will be an invaluable member of the team. He is Tax Director at Bishop Fleming, and has lived in Ivybridge for many years.
Sonya is a specialist renewables lawyer, passionate about sustainable energy. Sonya leads the renewables team at Stephens Scown.
See more about Jon and Sonya on our Directors page.
Katie, Peter and Sophie joined other community energy companies at the new Transition Tavistock Local Matters space for an interesting meeting today. Its great hearing about other groups and what projects they are working on. Jodie and Tamar from Regen had some good insights into the impacts of Brexit for community energy and local supply options. The key message was 'keep going', we need decentralised low carbon energy supplies and sustainable communities more than ever.
More info on the SWDCEP here.
We are very pleased to announce that on the 8th June, South Dartmoor Community Energy was officially registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
We are very grateful for the support from Jodie Giles and Olly Frankland at RegenSW, and Jake Burnyeat and Rosie Gillam at Communities for Renewables for their support in getting us this far.