Members

Members Information

The aim of this page is to provide all the information that you a member might need. ECOE would not exist without you, so thank you for investing in Exeter Community Energy Solar PV 1 and playing a part in making community energy work for everyone. Since September 2016 our eight solar rooftop installations are providing low cost solar energy. Your investment in ECOE community shares made this possible.

Community ownership really is important to ECOE. The more involved and active our members are, the more community ownership comes alive. We know some of you will want to be involved and others of you won’t. People invest for different reasons and in fact later this year our directer Patrick Devine-Wright will be carrying out some research into who our members are and your motivation in being a member.

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There are different ways you can be involved and different levels of activeness
– From reading our newsletter and emails,
– To attending meetings and socials including the AGM and helping making decisions and voting
– To joining a working group and volunteering
– To becoming a director

There is more information about volunteering on our volunteer page and current opportunities can always be found in our most recent newsletter.

Contacting ECOE
If you have a query or concern, the information on this members page may provide the answer. Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions and do contact us if your haven’t found the answer.

Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)
We sent out EIS certificates to all of our members who had requested one in October 2015. If you did not receive one and would like to claim EIS tax relief please email our finance director. Once you have received your share certificate you can then apply it to your PAYE or self-assessment by following the instructions on the certificate.

New Members Portal
ECOE were pleased to launch a new Members portal in 2016 that gives members the opportunity to log in to their profile and keep their contact details, bank details, nominations up to date. You should have received an email asking you to do this. Hopefully you have gained access and have updated your details. If you have not, you can access your profile by setting up a password by entering your email address and clicking on the “lost your password?” link via the access panel to our members portal in the sedibar to the right of any web page.

You will need to choose a password that includes multiple numbers and symbols and in both upper and low case.

If you are having any problems, please email us.

ECOE News
Recently we have found out that some of our members have not been receiving ECOE mailings. If you haven’t received newsletters please email us.

Shares Certificates
If for whatever reason you have not received your share certificate contact us.

Interest payments
We are expecting to be able to pay an average of 5% p.a. over the 20 years of the project. The first interest payments will be made following the AGM in 2017, planned for early June. The directors will make a recommendation to the meeting and then all members will vote. Payment will follow shortly after.

There was no interest payment following the AGM in June 2016 as there had only been just over one month since the allocation of shares with our end of year being Jan 31st. It was agreed that this one month would be included in the interest payments allocated following the AGM in 2017.

For more information you can download any of the following documents
ECOE’s rules (governance document)
Business Plan 2015
Share offer 2015
AGM Presentation (June 2016)
ECOE Report (presented at AGM June 2016)
ECOE Accounts (Yr ending Jan 2016)
AGM 2016 draft minutes
AGM 2016 feedback from members

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