The Community Fund Awards event on 13 January was a great success, with an inspiring talk by Prof. Iain Stewart on communicating the science of climate change, and presentations by groups who had received project grants.
Date for your diary: YCE AGM will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday 23 February 2019 at the WI Community Hall in Newton Ferrers.
Community Fund Awards
Community Fund Awards Event
Thursday 13th December 2018 7pm
WIC Hall Newton Ferrers PL8 1AT
Keynote speaker: Prof Iain Stewart
Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, University of Plymouth
Join us at this event for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies and to hear more about the successful bids, and how YOUR group could obtain a grant in the next round.
We are delighted that Iain Stewart, of TV science fame, will be delivering the Keynote address
We are delighted to announce the first allocation of grants from the community fund to projects from community organisations across the Yealm area. We would like to congratulate the organisations submitting the successful applications (see below).
The first year of operation of the Newton Downs solar farm, of which we currently own only a token share, has generated income for the community fund of £20,000. This is after payment of the fees and dividends for the current majority owners (Community Owned Renewables LLP).
Despite the short notice (availability of the fund announced only in July), 15 applications were received from across the Yealm area by the deadline of the end of December. Grants were made to 14 of these projects, described below:
|Application by||Brief description||Grant (£)|
|South Dartmoor Community Energy||Pilot initiative to reduce energy poverty and carbon footprint in 5 parishes||2541|
|Newton & Noss Village Hall||Installation of solar panels on commuity building||4000|
|Marine Biological Association of the UK||Life on the Yealm; celebration of wildlife that lives in and around the Yealm||905|
|1st Yealm Brownies (Girl Guiding UK)||Learning how to help save the bees; educational and environmental project around bees||247|
|1st Yealm Rainbows (Girl Guiding UK)||Learning how to protect the environment; education about plastic and small changes to make a difference||145|
|Yealmpton school||Reinstating a larger pond, involving preschool, afterschool club, rainbows, brownies, beavers, cubs||1092|
|Yealmpton Wild Flower Project||Creating pollinator and wildlife-friendly areas within Stray Park and other community spaces||1750|
|Brookings Down Wood Management Committee||Tree Safety Measures: Middlecombe Lane||1200|
|Injury Prevention Minimisation and Prevention (N & N Network)||Start of Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools||820|
|Newton & Noss Community Housing||Create a legal community entity to engage with local affordable housing for local people||1250|
|River Yealm Regatta||Renovation fo four traditional crabber boats||1250|
|Yealmpton Cricket Club||Purchasing a Roller for club, with members also from N&N and Holbeton; improve safety||800|
|Wembury War Memorial Village Hall CIO||Replacement of Village Hall floors to protect range of social activities||2500|
|Holbeton Bells||Restoration of church bells and tower||1500|
Newton Downs – Now we are underway!
We have held successful negotiations with the new owners of Newton Downs solar farm and have signed an agreement with them – Community Owned Renewable Energy LLP, to purchase a share in Newton Downs with the intention of completing the total purchase within 3 years. We will be making a share offer in the next 12 months.
See our new website www.yealmenergy.co.uk
We would invite you to share the link with others who might be interested. We need to increase our membership and supporters in anticipation of the share offer. New members or supporters can sign up online to be kept informed.
The Community Fund is now open for Applications for projects in the Yealm area – the parishes of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo, Yealmpton, Brixton, Holbeton and Wembury. There will be approximately £20,000 available for the coming year.
Choosing the best energy tariff
We have partnered with our neighbouring community energy society, South Dartmoor Community Energy, to support those who could save money by switching supplier. If you haven’t changed your energy supplier(s) for a few years then it could really be worth checking that you’re on the best tariff.
South Dartmoor Community Energy, offers a free and impartial energy advice service for residents in the South Hams and are happy to help you to check you’re on the best tariff and to shop around for a better one if needs be. They can offer this advice over the phone (0800 112 3044), via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via home visits. To get the best advice it’s helpful to have a recent energy bill to hand so that you can see the name of your current tariff and your annual usage figures.
Jan 3 2018
Newton Downs solar farm is coming into community ownership
CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) has bought the Newton Downs solar farm from Good Energy in partnership with Yealm Community Energy (YCE).
CORE is a £40 million community energy fund that acquires solar farms on behalf of the local community, and then facilitates their transfer into community ownership. CORE has been working with YCE over the last few months to help bring Newton Downs into community ownership.
CORE invested £5.83 million to fund the purchase. YCE now has three years to raise the ‘equity’ capital and debt finance to take the solar farm into total community ownership from a community investment offer. CORE will be helping to raise the long-term loan finance, and will be implementing a range of improvements to Newton Downs in order to optimise the environmental and financial benefits.
Newton Downs solar farm is expected to generate £20,000 a year of income for a community fund from the outset, and over £1 million over its 30-year life.
The YCE AGM will take place on Saturday February 3rd, at 10:00 am, in the WI Hall on the Green in Newton Ferrers. Everyone interested in supporting this initiative is welcome.
Creacombe solar farm
The landowner, Gnaton Farms has made a planning application for a 7.3 MW solar farm, with negligible visual impact, on the borders of Holbeton, Yealmpton and Newton Ferrers/Noss Mayo. They wish to offer it to the local community to purchase, and would give Yealm Community Energy preference to do that. We are in discussions with them on agreeing the basis on which we could purchase it. Note that there will be no subsidies available, so it will be a pioneering subsidy-free project, but that makes the financial viability more challenging.