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In September 2015 ECOE pre-registered sites for local groups in Crediton, Okehampton, Braunton and Swimbridge, securing the FiT rates for a further 12 months. Since then these local groups, ECOE, Energy Analysis and DARE have been investigating the possibility of progressing these Devon-wide sites.

Unfortunately Okehampton Glass was the only site to be completed from this Devon-Wide project. Swimbridge Jubilee Hall, Lobb Football Pavillion, Braunton Academy and Southmead Primary School were not able to be installed for various reasons.

Swimbridge was so nearly successful but it turned out the roof needed to be strengthened, something nobody expected, and because this installation was only just financially viable, this killed the project even though we had virtually completed legal agreements.

Sadly the governors at Queen Elizabeth College made the decision against the solar installation of several of their roofs – a huge disappointment for Sustainable Crediton Energy Group after all of their hard work.

Community of Okehampton Renewable Energy Society (COREs) at Okehampton did want to progress Okehampton Glass. This is now installed, fully operational and ECOE will shortly be transferring ownership of the installation to CORES.