SDCE was set up in early 2016, and officially registered in June 2016. We are a not for profit community benefit company with a great team of directors, drawn from the local community.
In Autumn 2015, PL:21 Transition Initiative members, Katie Reville and Peter Crone, saw an opportunity to invest in the Portworthy community solar array. They successfully applied for the Community Energy Accelerator Grant from RegenSW and Devon County Council to fast track the creation of the new community energy company.
Over the next four months the team of directors emerged with a passion for promoting community owned renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions and addressing local sustainability challenges. SDCE is also an active member of the Devon Community Energy Network a network of local authorities and community energy groups working in partnership towards a sustainable future.
SDCE's aims are to:
Over the last eight years there have been a number of challenges, namely the closure of the Feed in Tariff which has completely changed the landscape and we are now looking for different business models to make community energy work and for other ways to benefit their local community, including a housing project and climate action projects. The Covid pandemic has been hard for everyone, and we are determined to strengthen our team and rebuild our capacity to work towards our mission.
We have run our free and impartial energy advice service for over six years and helped hundreds of people to make huge savings. Then we used our experience to start up a new exciting project to help communities reduce their carbon footprints. We ran Net Zero Heroes in a number of towns and parishes around the South Hams, working with local parish councils and schools.
SDCE is not an employer, we're run by a team of voluntary directors. We have lots of ideas for projects and each year we apply for funding to enable us to run these. We can then pay self-employed project workers to deliver the projects. We're delighted to have contributed towards the growing green economy by providing employment opportunities for local people, where no roles existed before.
If you have an idea for a new project, speak to us about whether we can help to facilitate that.
If you're interested in working with us please visit our vacancies page.
Read about the impact of our 18-19 energy advice service:
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