October 2019

Presentation of the Business Plan

The Business Plan was presented by the Board to members of YCE on 12 October for discussion.  It is a living document and a revised version will be needed in the New Year to incorporate more details about the Creacombe solar farm.  See presentation here.

September 2019

Hear the Podcast from Power to Change featuring Yealm Community Energy.  YCE was the main subject of this overview of community energy projects supported by Power to Change.

August 2019

Second Round of Community Fund now open for applications

See information under Community Fund on how to apply for funding for your organisation’s project.  Applications to be made by 31 October 2019.

AGM and Social 23 Feb 2019

 SATURDAY 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 23 FEB 2019

WI Community Hall,

The Green, Parsonage Road, Newton Ferrers PL8 1AT

Come along to hear about recent exciting progress and plans for the coming year; and stay for a glass of wine and a chat afterwards.


January 2019

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.

See Presentation of grant awards.

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

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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

November 2018

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!

July 2018

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.

Community Fund

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.


Other activities:

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 (info@southdartmoorcommunityenergy.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.


May 2017

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. See Presentation here

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