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exeter community energy

is an innovative social enterprise. We enable local people to own renewable energy and energy saving projects.

As a community-owned organisation, we want to benefit the city, its people and the environment. One element of this is sharing the financial benefits between shareholders. Similarly, we have a fund for community projects and investment in further energy projects.

We have ten rooftop solar installations: Shillingford Organics, Wonford Community and Learning Centre, Exeter Central Library, Great Moor House, Exeter College Technology Centre, Pinhoe Rd Baptist Church, Glasshouse Lane Medical Centre, Westbank Community Health and Care, The Beacon Community Centre, and The Beehive Community Complex in Honiton.

Looking forward

Now these sites are generating, ECOE’s work is evolving. We launched our Healthy Homes for Wellbeing project in November 2017. The project helps people in fuel poverty and who live in hard-to-heat homes reduce their energy costs and make their homes warmer. Also, we provide energy advice drop-in clinics, talks to community groups, referrer training and in-depth home visits to householders.

We are also part of the Open LV project collaborating with Western Power Distribution on enabling access to substation data.

Community energy projects make a difference across the country. They strengthen communities and help the local economy. They also reconnect people to the energy they use, as they become producers as well as consumers.

Our 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.

We can work together to learn and change the way we produce, use and think about energy. In doing so we can create a more sustainable, resilient and prosperous community.

The award winners at the Express and Echo Annual Community Awards 2016. Gill Wyatt received best Community Enterprise award for ECOEAGM_WebBanner_600