Three of us from TECs attended the second Regen Community Energy (CE) Spring Gathering in March. It was huge fun but also instructive and informative. The event provided us with a fanatastic networking opportunity. With other CE groups we were able to share the challenges thrown up by changes in the RE subsidies and look for some solutions.
We all came away with renewed vigour and new ideas to explore. We’ll investigating some new opportunities.
Another successful Members’ evening around the issue of SMART METERS. Dr Watt fielded queries from TECs members about the new roll-out. There was clearly scepticism and some suspicion generated by this current government initiative. Open exchanges and some of the myths dispelled. Everyone went away better informed and 2 households decided to ask their providers for meters.
Dr Watt’s report is available.
Teign School the lucky recipient of the very first TECs Community Fund. Darren Jury, Site Supervisor, pictured here at the school, will be installing energy-saving LED panels in several of the corridors . We are very happy to be continuing our partnership with the school and helping them reduce their carbon footprint still further.
Eden Project BIG WALK hit Newton Abbot on June 14th. TECs and TNA greeted the Eden team at the site of the TNA Energy Sculpture in Golden Lion Sq. The walkers were promoting positive stories in local communities in line with the late Jo Cox’s message of unity and community. Dr Watt, aka TECs Sec Fuad, was there to meet them along with Betina and Amy from TNA. The walkers then went on to visit the Transition community garden
A Members’ workshop on solar pv combined with battery storage at Jane’s where solar panels have recently been augmented by battery storage. The aim to shift usage and use more of the solar renewable energy.
Jane and Michael introduced the set-up and their own expectations and reasons for installing this equipment. We explored the current and previous usage via on-line apps and standard bills to see if their expectations of reduced import of electricity from the grid had been achieved.
Dr Watt and another TECs member Tony shared graphical displays of their own residential generation and usage. We discussed whether a battery storage sytem would be appropriate in other properties with solar pv. Report from Jane and a scope document from Dr Watt will follow shortly.
First TECs AGM celebrated in fine style with a sun and energy themed sing-along. TECs members were joined by the Moretones from Moretonhampstead, whose leader is also a TECs member. Bovey Tracey member Andrew said, “AGM was the best ever! Thank you, and Fuad (great bread!), for making it so much fun and full of song. And beer”
Members heard that TECs is on a sound financial footing and as a result has been able to increase this year’s Community Fund. Hooray! The fund will be opened to local organisations who want to carry our a project around energy awareness or energy saving.
Directors confirmed and accounts approved.
Thanks to the 25 members who attended in good voice.
TECs celebrates Earth Hour with talk on Community Energy in Teignbridge. We were invited by Teign Estuary Transition to be part of their talks’ programme in celebration of the 2017 Earth Hour exhibition at TAAG in Teignmouth. We had a display during the exhibition as well as our Sat morning talk.
Time for our very first AGM.
For your entertainment we have singers and musicians from within our TECs ranks. Come along and sing along too, as well as voting.
We’ve had a little practice and now all we need is YOU.
See you on March 30th at 18.30- 20.00 at Buckland and Milber Community Centre.
We’re really pleased to have made the first interest payments to our loyal members. Our members have backed the community energy idea and have put their faith in TECs.
We will be calling on current and new members to help us raise more money for other projects in 2017. Existing members will have priority when it comes to new investments in future projects. Watch this space for details
You can become a member now by taking advantage of our ‘Anytime Membership’
TECs networking at the South West Devon Community Energy Partnership gathering in Ivybridge, hosted by South Dartmoor Community Energy. A good opportunity to talk to other community energy groups about successes and challenges we all face. Plenty of support on offer and news of different initiatives in the SW. This forum meets quarterly , TECs and TVCE are members and both groups were represented. Reports on community energy visit to the European Parliament at the invitation of Molly Scott Cato (SW Green MEP) plus upcoming SW energy events in Exeter in March.
October/November saw 3 TECs members’ gatherings. We’ve been encouraged by the turnout for these sessions. They’ve been very lively and we’ve received valuable feedback about TECs.
It gives members a chance to meet one another, to get up to speed on TECs developments and equip themselves for their role as TECs ambassadors. A TECs member hosted each of the sessions. This format has worked well and we’ll repeat these in the future.
We rely on our members to spread the message about community energy amongst their own networks. Anytime membership always available
Our message at the Buckland and Milber Community Fun Day on Saturday August 27th. TECs and TNA had an info stall to promote our sustainability message. We were also advertising our support for a REPAIR event run by Recycle Devon at the Buckland Community Centre on Sat Sept 24th.
Local residents are invited to dig out their small electrical items which don’t work and bring them along. We’ll have three volunteer repairers on hand from 10-12.30 Two of the volunteers are TECs members: Martin the Fixer and TECs’ own Dr Watt.
For more info contact Emma Croft email@example.com or on 07966 566435 at Recycle Devon
TECs Dr Watt, aka Fuad Al-Tawil, TECs Secretary, was invited to address meeting of the Teignbridge Association of Local Councillors (TALC) on July 28th. This body is a forum for all town and parish councillors in our region. Members had voted to hear about the TECs initiative.
Fuad kept the presentation to 5 minutes , leaving plenty of time for councillors’ questions. We were very encouraged by the many questions and lively discussion lasting a further 25 minutes. Thanks to Dudley Swain , TALC Secretary, for making this possible. Dudley commented in an e-mail , “Fuad was interesting and informative so his visit was worthwhile indeed”
Since the talk, one local representative has contacted us about a renewable energy proposal in his local area.
The word about community energy is getting through.
TECs member Joseph enjoying the sculpture trail at Heathercombe on Dartmoor. TNA Energy Group has a renewable energy sculpture featured in the trail.
TECs and TNA were invited to have an info table at the opening festivities.
A wonderful setting and the theme of RENEWAL chimes well with our aim of renewable energy and energy reduction, looking at ways to move away from fossil fuels.
For regular info and positive stories about climate change action and community energy, check out the 10:10 website.
One way you can make a difference is by signing up as a TECs member. Get involved in community energy at a local level.
Wonderful weather for the TECs Members’ picnic in Courtenay Park
An opportunity to say thank-you to our members for supporting our first share offer.
Members were updated on the latest set of projects with an installation deadline of end of September.
TECs Ambassadors. Always keen for members to help us talk to people about communty energy and TECs. Members attending pledged to organise small TECs gatherings and to try to sign up new members prior to our next share offer. Training in how to put the message across effectivley was a request from members.
If you want to become a TECs member, please go to the Membership page
GREAT SUCCESS for TECs’ first community energy share offer. Together we raised more than £60,000!
Lovely people from across Teignbridge took a leap of faith and became member/investors . We’ve spread the message and now have new TECs Champions for the next phase. We want to make more and more people aware of the benefits of community energy in Teignbridge.
Next – projects in the TVCE portfolio including Hannah’s at Seale Hayne. Clock is ticking as these potential sites have to be realised by September . Want to join us to help move the project forward, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org, OR on 01626 872721
Energy Week saw students at Teign School looking at renewable energy generation both at home and in developing countries.
Here are the prize winners of the design-a-logo competition sponsored by TECs. Congratulations to all who took part. Green Teign Energy Week to become part of the school calendar. Great News!
You can do your part by helping us finance the Teign School installation. Thanks.
Glad Tidings of Great Joy! TEIGN SCHOOL solar pv – all boxes ticked
- contract SIGNED with the Schools Trust (TAST)
- Feed-in-Tariff pre-registration now CONFIRMED
- installation goes ahead on Feb 12th
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We are looking for someone who is keen to be part of a community organisation and assist the TECs board with legal advice and expertise, initially on a voluntary basis. Click below to find out more.