ECOE News and Events

ECOE News and Events

  • There will not be a second Community Share Offer in January 2016 as previously planned. This is no longer required due to funds being raised in November.
  • If you are a new Member/Shareholder, your Share Certificate will be issued on/by December 14th. Visit our new Members Page for more.
  • We are working with our partners to establish the viability of a portfolio of roofs made up of preregistered roofs around Devon. The roofs are at various stages of development, from technical feasibility to negotiations with building owners.
  • The ECOE Monthly Social is happening once more at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday December 10th from 6pm. Please come along and join us. We’d love to see you all!

Share Launch Event: November 2015
ECOE Share Launch Event: Tuesday November 17th

On Tuesday November 17th, ECOE will be hosting our Share Launch Event at the offices of Stephens Scown Solicitors on Southernhay in Exeter.

The event will run from 6.45pm through until 9pm and is open to anybody interested in investing in ECOE or simply coming along to celebrate the launch of this Community Share Offer and the ongoing work of ECOE.

We’re inviting along leaders from business, County and City Councils plus organisations from across the City and East Devon as well as our own fantastic supporters. We hope to see a lot of you there!

The event will include presentations from the ECOE Team on the Share Offer and our work installing rooftop solar across the City. These will explain the benefits of investing in ECOE for you and for our wider community, and there will be chances to ask questions of the Team.
There will be guest presentations from Merlin Hyman of RegenSW and other invited guests. We will have a guest band and a performance from the Newtown Community Choir. Food, Wine and other refreshments will be served throughout the event.
The Share Launch will be a fun and informative couple of hours, so do please join us!
  • Any enquiries or offers of participation, please email Gill Wyatt on
  • Address of Event: Stephens Scown Solicitors, Curzon House, Southernhay, Exeter, EX1 1RS
  • Event Starts at 6.45pm with presentations beginning at 7pm. Event will close around 9pm.

Support Us: Promote the ECOE Share Offer

If you have a mailing list, social networks or other ways of reaching out to friends, family, colleagues and connections online, then we’d love it if you can share info about this offer with them. To help with this, you can send an e-version of our flyer or poster and, of course, the share offer document itself, attend our launch event or use our social media badge. You can download all of these below:-

October ECOE News
  • Our long time director, Joe Smee, has sadly left us and moved to Glasgow. We wish all the best and hope we didn’t scare him all that way away!
  • We have brought in two new team members to support our share offer. Mark Allen will provide Project Management experience whilst Dan Hurring, of Another World Productions Ltd, will be helping us with communications and community engagement around the offer.
  • Devon Community accelerator: Thanks to Devon County Council again!! We’d already been awarded £4050 in Jan 2015 to progress Solar PV 1and got a further £2000 to help us pre-register roofs and/or install before the FiT review comes into effect.
  • Exeter Board (A Joint Committee of Exeter City and Devon County Councils) have awarded us £5000 to employ a Part-Time Events and Volunteer Coordinator for a year. This is the second time they have helped us, having given £2000 in 2014 to aid with start up costs.
  • September 2015 saw the Relight My Fire Festival go ahead as part of Community Energy Fortnight. A report is here.
  • We’re currently planning a Share Launch Event to be held in Central Exeter in the latter part of November. Details to follow. All potential investors will be welcome to attend and we will be promoting this via mailing list and social media to confirm the time, date and venue.
  • We will also be hosting local events at the sites were installations are due to happen. This will include events in late November/early December at Wonford CLC and Shillingford Organics, with others to follow.Volunteers
    We are always looking for volunteers to help out at our events – if you are able to help please contact

The Monthly Social Back at the Phoenix bar!

Next Monthly Social Evening

Join us on Thursday November 12th from 6pm at the Exeter Phoenix Bar for our monthly social. Here the news about our share launch.

We aim to meet up the second Thursday of every month to socialise and remember that life isn’t all about work! If you want to come along, meet some of the ECOE Team and find out what we’re up to, then you’re very welcome to join us at any of these evening events. We really appreciate the chance to meet and spend time with you – our friends, members and colleagues.

Pre-registration of 28 sites

During September ECOE pre-registered 28 solar PV sites in order that they could be eligible for the current Feed-in Tariff and should not be affected by the expected cuts in January 2016. This amounts to over 1 MWp of power. We hope to develop these sites with our partners over the course of the next year.  This gives us huge scope for both Solar PV1 and future share offers.

New partners for ECOE

We are pleased to announce Exeter Community Energy is working with Sustainable Crediton, community partners in Okehampton and Braunton,  and the Gilead Foundation to deliver a solar PV portfolio for our second share offer which will take place in 2016. Watch this space for further announcements.

The Future of Community Energy, Stephens Scown Solicitors, Wednesday 2nd September, 6:30pm

Future of community energy
An open forum to explore the current challenges and opportunities facing community energy groups. A chance to collaboratively learn with UK and European experiences with members of local community energy groups, international energy academics attending the RGS-IGB Conference at the University of Exeter, industry representatives, public sector officers, policy makers and the public.

Let all of your networks know about the event and please pass on the poster.

ECOE Stall, Exeter Green Fair, Cathedral Green, Sat 5th Sept

Green fair
Always a great event, we’re looking forward to this year’s green fair to catch up with all our friends and colleagues in the city’s sustainability sector and to talk to members of the public about the great work we’re all doing.

Community Energy for Schools event, Meeting Room, Stephens Scown Solicitors, Tuesday 15th September, 3-5pm CANCELLED

We’re running a special event for schools across Devon to come and find out about the unique range of benefits offered by partnering with community groups to progress renewable energy projects. Alistair MacPherson from PEC renewables, Andrew Shadrake from DARE and our Exec Chair Gill Wyatt – who between them have a great deal of experience in this area – will go through what’s involved for schools and how they can make it happen.

If you have any contacts in schools – management staff, governors, teachers, influential parents etc – please tell them about this event, send them the poster and encourage them to come along.