Community Energy South lives on – despite the Treasury’s blows to FITS and EIS tax relief that impact our capacity for renewable energy generation projects, our Community Energy groups continue to remain positive, support ongoing projects and build on local energy efficiency initiatives within our communities that help reduce energy use and tackle fuel poverty.
This Community Energy South ‘call to action’ for November will hopefully give everyone hope and provide a burst of light for 2016:
1 Your chance to invest and receive EIS tax relief benefits in November:
www.meadowblue-energy.org this is a 5MW Community project located at Merston Farm between Bognor and Chichester in West Sussex. The project has been developed in a partnership between OVESCO, Solesco and Mongoose Energy providing up to a 7% annual interest and EIS tax relief. The share offer is open until 24th November with Ethex. Meet the team on 17th November 4-6pm or 6-8pm Vicars’ Hall, The Royal Chantry, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1PX
www.orchard.coop another 5MW community project which is under construction and should be generating in the new year. This project has been supported by Community Energy South with Mongoose Energy and is again providing 7% annual interest and EIS tax relief. The share offer remains open just for the coming week so act fast.
www.bhesco.co.uk/share-offer BHESCO have 10 projects that are ready to be launched. They have announced their new share offer that is now open until midnight on 22 November when the door will close on EIS tax relief for your investment in BHESCO. When you invest you become a member of an innovative community energy co-operative that is taking action to install renewable energy and energy efficiency, while combating fuel poverty.
2 Projects in planning that you can support and help with letters of support:
www.cuckmerecommunitysolar.com is a 3.5MW project that is currently in planning with Wealden Council. This is a joint commercial community project and the commercial part of the project, Berwick Solar Farm, is built and 360 sheep are currently enjoying the fresh grass and shelter of the panels. Please do visit the Cuckmere Community website and join the 100’s of people who have added letters of support. Everyone helps.
http://westsolentsolar.coop/ is developing its second community owned solar farm at Netley Marsh in the New Forest National Park. The National Park Authority has now validated the planning application and we welcome support from need lots of like minded folk to support the application. The following links provide the route to making a comment on the planning application. The planning application is 15/00787: http://westsolentsolar.coop/news-items/new-project-planning-application-now-live
3 Setting up a Community Energy South local energy tariff:
For over a year now our Community Energy South team have been developing plans for a local community energy tariff that we can offer across Kent and Sussex. Ideally our tariff will come from community energy and help to build on a local service which can be stimulated by the profits that redistributed into a Community Energy fund. We are now starting to work with Mongoose Energy (a leading community energy support business, majority owned and so controlled by the community energy enterprises it works with) to research how this might work. To help us shape the tariff we have put together this online survey for Community Energy followers to input to. The results will help us to develop the tariff we hope in 2016. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OVESCo
Visit http://www.communityenergysouth.org.uk/about/ to keep up to date with Community Energy South look at our vision and to get involved.
The Community Energy South team
Ollie, Richard, Kayla, Stephanie, Jason and Chris
Working together to support Community Energy in our region