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Members newsletter 22nd February

This edition of our newsletter focuses on good news from across the sector, including 3 live share offers, new job opportunities and some exciting upcoming events. As well as the usual policy and information updates, future editions will include more information on what CEE members are up, which will hopefully help with identifying new ways of working, and blogs and opinion pieces from key community energy practitioners.

Emma Bridge

Chief Executive

Community Energy England

Last chance to apply for our Membership & Communications post

We are looking for a highly motivated team player with a passion for sustainable energy to be responsible for CEE’s member support, day-to-day communication activities and programme of events. The role will involve working closely with member organisations and liaising with partner organisations on developing cross-sector development opportunities. Closing date this Friday. Full details at: 

Member news

Current Share Offers

Three CEE members have live share offers. Please circulate details as widely as possible:
  • Brighton Energy Coop has launched a community share offer, aiming to raise £1,000,000 for the installation of 1MWp solar PV (minimum) on buildings in the Brighton area. The first installation will be at Park Gate, a residential block on Somerhill Road in Hove. No closing date. 
  • Bristol Energy Coop is is looking to raise £5m through bonds and a share offer to help finance two community solar farms and solar installations on around 20 community buildings in the Bristol region.
  • Southill solar is aiming to raise £3m to develop a 4.5 MW ground-mounted solar farm, reduce energy demand and to invest in other project to reduce the community's carbon emissions. Closing date 8th April

Mongoose Energy and Joju Solar are hiring!

Mongoose Energy are looking to recruit two analysts to help them to build business systems capable of delivering quality services to their clients at a growing scale. Salary £25k - £30k, London location preferred, deadline 4th March.
Joju are looking to hire a part-time Marketing and Communications Manger to be based in Oxford or London. Competitive salary, deadline 7th March
More details at:


Member events

CARES conference 2016, 15-16 March, Stirling
Join Local Energy Scotland at their annual conference to explore how community energy could be a key player in the renewable energy industry through innovative financing, cutting-edge technologies and new partnerships. The agenda has been designed to allow delegates to attend one or both days.
Smart Energy Market Place, 17 March, Exeter
RegenSW's exhibition and conference will explore and develop new business opportunities with the key players in the emerging smart, decentralised energy system.


Beyond Paris: how can energy efficiency co-operatives contribute to achieving 2050 targets? Carbon Co-op AGM, 7th April, Manchester
Carbon Co-op's AGM features presentations and Q&A from climate scientist and deputy director of Tyndall Centre, Professor Kevin Anderson, architect and retrofit expert Marianne Heaslip (URBED) and Carbon Co-op's membership development workers Aneaka Kellay (Carbon Co-op). Members and non-members welcome (only members can vote at the AGM).

Other events

Clean Energy Summit, 26-28 April, Twickenham
This event brings together the drivers of demand for clean energy with the energy industry to discuss opportunities for deployment, decentralised generation and community energy. 193 governments signed a global accord at COP21, much of this being driven by the private sector looking to benefit from energy independence and supply chain resilience in the face of climate change. Clean Energy Summit brings these major energy users together with public sector land and rooftop owners and community energy groups to explore the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities presented by decarbonising the economy.
Benefits of attending:
  • Learn how the UK is moving to a decentralised energy system, the benefits of this switch and which local authorities are leading the transition and how
  • Meet the UK’s most resilient solar companies who are involved in adding 1.5GW of PV to be deployed by 2017
  • Network with key players who are driving the next wave of clean tech deployment.
We have secured 5 free tickets for CEE members to the 26th and 27th April (first come first serve), 10 x 50% discounted tickets to the 26th and 27th (first come first serve) and then 15% discount to the 26th and 27th  for all remaining CEE members.
This event has been put together to try and take some of the country's leading community energy practitioners through a rapid learning in what it means to become a licensed supply company

Other news

Quarterly FiT deployment caps reached

Caps have been reached for standalone PV, 50-100kW wind, 100-1500kW wind and all AD. Full breakdown here.

Fit for the Future? Local Enterprise Partnerships' Climate Ready and Low Carbon Economy Good Practice

Sustainability West Midlands has published report aimed at those working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) at the local and national level to integrate climate adaptation, mitigation and the low carbon economy into the economic strategies and the billion pounds worth of investments over the next five years. The research represents the first national review of all 39 LEPs’ commitments to tackling climate change and embracing the low carbon economy, based on information from their latest key strategies. The report also contains good practice case studies, benchmarking tables, maps and recommendations to those working with LEPs.

DECC’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) publishes its second edition of the Heat Infrastructure Investment Pipeline.

There are currently around 450 heat network opportunities within the HNDU Project Portfolio, with projects ranging in size between small schemes <£2m up to £67m for a large scale geothermal opportunity.
You can view the latest pipeline and accompanying investor guide here.
And the Investment Pipeline here.
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