Imaging Alternatives – Feast for the Future – Join Us

We’ve been taking part in an initiative developed by University of Plymouth, Regen and South Dartmoor Community Energy called Imagining Alternatives – Feasts for the Future.

Building on the successful Community Energy Feasts Regen has organised in the past, the idea was to bring different groups together to reflect and celebrate together about what we’d like to see in our Utopian future of 2068.

Now its Tamar Energy Community’s turn to host a feast for our Directors, Members, Volunteers and Supporters and provide some space to chat and reflect together.

Please join us, if you can, on Friday 15th February at the Lower Deck Cafe, URC, Russell Street in Tavistock. We’ll be kicking off at 19:00. Partners are welcome (please register each attendee separately).

This will be a Vegan Feast provided by a local caterer.

We have a small budget from the initiative and TEC funding to cover some of the costs, but we would like to ask for a donation of £5 per person on the evening.

If you’d like to join us please book BY TUESDAY EVE- Feb 12th by registering here on Eventbrite.

An important aspect of the Feast is a shared table which has been handmade by Devon craftsman Barnaby Stone. Everyone will have a chance to sit at the table and leave their mark by creating their own pattern.

We’d also like to use this occasion to celebrate our achievements so far, chat about the future, and in particular how we can contribute to the challenges of significant carbon reduction by 2030 … Twelve Years!

We look forward to seeing you. Please register now.

 

We’re pressing ahead in 2019

In 2019 here at Tamar Energy Community we’ll be pressing ahead with our work focusing on:

  • Energy Advice and Support including our Home Visits and Clinics … with particular emphasis on improving domestic energy efficiency and reducing bills.
  • Our community owned renewables as well as advice on options for domestic and non-domestic renewable energy installations
  • Local smart energy innovation including our OpenLV pilot.

If you’d like to know more, or would like to get more involved, please let us know.

We’ll be holding a monthly Energy Group Forum where we’ll be discussing ongoing work, lessons learnt and opportunities. Email if you’d like to be added to the invitee list.

If you have skills in marketing, social media, IT, engineering, energy, finance etc. or would just like to come and help out in Local Matters for a couple of hours on a Monday to Saturday please get in touch.

Or come along to Green Drinks – second Tuesday of each month from 19:30 to 21:30 – to join an informal discussion. Check out: tamarenergycommunity/greendrinks for the location.

The Power in Your Hands – our OpenLV project

The Power in Your Hands – our OpenLV project

The Power in Your Hands is a local community energy initiative running in the Greenlands area of Tavistock for local householders and St. Peter’s School.

  • Want to reduce your energy costs?
  • Find out more about energy use locally?
  • Where our local energy comes from?
  • How bills could reduce in the future?

If YES, get in touch … Call 0800-233-5414, email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or let us know your details via our Contact Form.

If you’d like to take part in our Householders Survey here’s a link to it online. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Find out more here.

TEC AGM – Monday 12th November 2018 – Come and join us

TEC AGM – Monday 12th November 2018 – Come and join us

The TEC AGM will be taking place in Local Matters, Elbow Lane on Monday 12th November. 19:00 for refreshments and a chat before we kick off at 19:30.

We’ll start with the formal bit, and then follow with interactive discussion and presentations from the TEC teams about our work and Your Local Energy.

  • The TEC message – loud and clear?
  • Tamar Energy Fest – Sat. 24th November
  • Community Solar update and Share Issue
  • OpenLV – The Power in Your Hands – Ground-breaking Pilot
  • Energy Advice Service and related initiatives.
  • The future of Local Matters Community space

What next? How can you get more involved if you’d like to? The tiniest of contributions can make a big difference locally …

Close by 21:30 with time for chatting and refreshments

A copy of the agenda can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

The Power in Your Hands App

The Power in Your Hands App

The Power in Your Hands project will be providing data on the energy use of households, and St. Peter’s School, which are in the Greenlands area of Tavistock, and connected to the Meavy Way low voltage (LV) substation.

We’re developing a computer based application, which you could also access on a tablet or smart phone.

This will provide information about energy use across the substation area at different times of the day.

Going forward, energy companies will be looking at introducing tariffs with different rates at different times of the day.

We’d like to give you an opportunity to work with us to understand how this could benefit you in the future.

Here’s an example of information we’ll be providing. It’s in the form of graphs and shows usage on October 4th.

The first one shows the power used across the Meavy Way LV substation by each of the three ‘feeders’ (each substation has a number of ‘feeds’ to the different properties. Meavy Way has three feeders).

The second one shows the total power used by everyone connected to the Meavy Way substation.

Tamar Energy Fest 2018

Tamar Energy Fest 2018

This year’s Tamar Energy Fest will be held on Saturday, 24th November in Tavistock Town Hall. We’ll be open from 10:00 to 15:00 and look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to exhibit at the event and haven’t received an invitation please drop us an email.

This year’s Energy Fest will be highlighting the changes in the industry towards ‘smart’ … opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of homes, business and travel … and local generation and storage.

We’ll be showcasing our progress with our OpenLV pilot, our Energy Advice Service, our Bedford Cottages work and our Community Solar installations.

Do come and join us … it’ll be a fun and interesting day for exhibitors, visitors and volunteers alike.

 

Community Solar Generation Update

Here’s a graph of our six community solar sites and their generation in August and September 2018.

 

Key:

  • MKP – Mount Kelly Prep, Tavistock
  • MKS – Mount Kelly Senior, Tavistock
  • CJS – Carbeile Junior School, Torpoint
  • PLS – Plymstock School, Plymstock
  • AGM – Abbey Garden Machinery, Tavistock
  • TSC – Tesco Stores, Callington
The Power In Your Hands – OpenLV

The Power In Your Hands – OpenLV

The Power in Your Hands is a local community energy initiative running in the Greenlands area of Tavistock for local householders and St. Peter’s School.

  • Want to reduce your energy costs?
  • Find out more about energy use locally?
  • Where our local energy comes from?
  • How bills could reduce in the future?

If YES, get in touch … Call 0800-233-5414, email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or let us know your details via our Contact Form.

The Power in Your Hands is one of seven community energy pilots running in the UK as part of a graound breaking trial that will provide access to open data on local electricity networks. This should make energy more democratic and benefit you. We’ll be working to see how.

Its part of a project called OpenLV. 

This is an exciting project all about electricity. The OpenLV project is making local electricity data openly available for the first time ever and the Greenlands area of Tavistock, together with St. Peter’s School, is one of seven neighbourhoods involved across the S.West, S.Wales and the Midlands.

Your substation is where electricity is turned from a high voltage dangerous current to the low voltage electricity you use at home. Thanks to a piece of kit called an LV-CAP™ we will be able to learn more about electricity use in the Greenlands neighbourhood and work together to change our energy use habits, maybe even saving on our bills as we go!

We’re designing a website to share the data the LV-CAP™ collects, so that local residents and St. Peter’s School can see peaks and dips in electricity demand.

Knowing about our local electricity use means we can try to avoid overloading our substation and in the future, it might even be possible to have electricity tariffs which offer cheaper energy at off-peak times of day.

This video will explain more about OpenLV.

Would you be keen to find out more about the community’s energy use?

If YES, get in touch … Call 0800-233-5414, email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or let us know your details via our Contact Form.