Our impact

Making an impact in the community is at the heart of what we do

Since 2018, YCE has distributed £100,000 to support 47 local projects, with ongoing surpluses benefiting communities through grants, and an estimated £8M more expected in the future.

Yealm Community Energy Bubble - Town
4,450
equivalent homes supplied
Yealm Community Energy Bubble - Solar Panel
133,000
tonnes of carbon dioxide saved over the lifetime of the solar farm
Yealm Community Energy Bubble - Team
47
local projects supported in the parishes of Wembury, Holbeton, Brixton, Yealmpton, Newton and Noss
£8M
Community Benefit Funds over the lifetime of the solar farms

Here are some of the projects we've supported

Yealm Estuary to Moor

The Yealm Estuary to Moor (YEM) is a long-term community project aimed at improving the health of the River Yealm and encouraging biodiversity along its length by creating a wildlife corridor along the length of the river.

Yealm Estuary to Moor
Holbeton Village Hall

Village halls are at the heart of rural communities, but maintenance can be costly. Our grant has enabled the trust to upgrade the heating system with modern IR heating pads. Unlike the old system, these new heaters give off no light, meaning they can be kept on during films and plays. No more shivering during performances!

Holbeton Village Hall
Newton Ferrers Outdoor Environmental Classroom

“With fantastic support given by Yealm Community Energy, we were able to part-fund an outdoor classroom and woodland pond that have been fantastic teaching aids for our biology and woodland ecology lessons.”

Newton Ferrers Outdoor Environmental Classroom
Brookings Wood

"I thought I would send you a couple of photos from the opening ceremony of our new shed which took place last Saturday 18th Feb. We very much appreciate the grant we received from Yealm Community Energy that helped us make this purchase."

Brookings Wood
Yealm Community Electric Transport

The sponsorship and support for a community owned electric ferry on Yealm Estuary, (Yealm Community Electric Transport), where we provided initial funding until the project could be established as a separate standalone Community Interest Company.

Yealm Community Electric Transport
Net Zero Heroes

This group champions the reduction of harmful emissions. They have visited local schools, delivering assemblies and workshops. The funding also enabled 1,500 packs to be developed and delivered. The project has saved 87,000 tons of carbon emissions.

Net Zero Heroes
Brixton Community Compost Scheme

“Being muddy and often flooded, we took the decision to create an all‑weather facility by installing a concrete pad. The upgrade was completed at the end of 2020 and we were fortunate to be given a £1,000 grant by Yealm Community Energy to put towards the total cost for the work.”

Brixton Community Compost Scheme

Each year we will report back to our members on the impact the society has made over the previous twelve months.

The projects YCE has supported to date include:

Energy saving advice

YCE extends its support to households in fuel poverty by offering essential energy-saving advice. Through tailored guidance, we contribute to creating more energy-efficient living spaces, supporting families in need.

Energy saving measures

YCE has successfully implemented energy-saving measures such as insulation, LED lighting, and PV panels in public buildings and community halls. This commitment to sustainable infrastructure brings both cost savings and reduced carbon footprint to our community.

Environmental education

Collaborating with local schools, YCE has implemented engaging environmental education projects that empower young minds. Notably, a groundbreaking woodland education space has been established, catering specifically to children with learning difficulties.

“With fantastic support given by Yealm Community Energy, we were able to part-fund an outdoor classroom and woodland pond that have been fantastic teaching aids for our biology and woodland ecology lessons.”

Head Teacher
Newton Ferrers Primary School

“With fantastic support given by Yealm Community Energy, we were able to part fund an outdoor classroom and woodland pond that have been fantastic teaching aids for our biology and woodland ecology lessons.”

Moor-to-Life Project

“For the Eden Project, the availability of relatively cheap and secure renewable energy is crucial to both our day-to-day operations and the future energy and price security young businesses need. I believe Creacombe Solar Farm is a great example of a win/win. It will provide local energy, funds for the community and is a symbol of robust independence. I totally support it as a positive commitment to the rural economy."

Sir Tim Smit
Co-Founder, Eden Project

“Creacombe is a bold and pioneering project that can lead the way for a real step-change in the UK.“

Sir Gary Streeter
MP, South West Devon

“We are very proud to have played a part in the creation of the UK’s first post-subsidy community owned solar farm at Creacombe."

Will Walker
Community Energy Programme Manager, Power to Change

Get involved

We launched a community share offer in 2023 to fund the transfer of three nearby operational solar farms into community ownership. The offer is now closed.

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