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Affordable Warmth in Wealden

Affordable warmth is the ability of a household to heat the home adequately. A lack of affordable warmth is known as fuel poverty. Wealden District Council aim to make “affordable warmth” available to all residents. The Home Energy Efficiency Officer is responsible for delivering affordable warmth to communities across the district with a focus on those who own or privately rent.

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Community solar – the benefits

Behind the scenes, we are making good progress on developing your inspiring solar project. You can expect firm proposals to see the light of day as spring arrives. And we are cooking up some truly inspiring ways for you to benefit from the scheme as the year unfolds.

But we are acutely aware that many people want to know more about what is going on – and those of us working away on the project need to find a better balance between protecting you from “too much information”

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One small thing to help us

If you have a mo, it would really help us if you could be in touch with a friend to let them know about our project. They may be someone who is local, or passionate about the environment, or may want to support the project by investing. Or all three! The project will succeed if we reach and inspire enough people, so please help us do this by being in touch with a friend... read more

Home Energy Advice

The Big Energy Saving Network team will set up a Pop Up Energy Advice Desk at the Lounge Coffee House, Uckfield High Street, from 4-9 December. Do come along and get your energy bills checked by the Sussex based team of energy specialists. We are also planning a local evening with them in Upper Dicker in January. More details will follow... read more

Progress at the Solar Farm

Behind the scenes the plans for our community solar farm at Berwick have been progressing.

Apologies that we haven’t been in touch for some time; it is in the nature of doing something that hasn’t been done before that there are changes along the way.

The complexities of our project have not been helped by significant changes in government policy, which have meant that our commercial partners have needed to hasten their part of the project.

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Next public meeting 6th August

The Sun is rising in East Sussex! Its been an exciting month for Community Energy. Community Energy England launched on 4th June.The CEE has been set up to become the voice of the community energy sector and will engage directly with the government on policy issues. We are proud to be one of its founder members. Closer to home your very own Community Energy project Cuckmere Community Solar is going from strength to strength. We’re holding an evening of Update and Inspiration on Wednesday 6th August from 7pm-8pm at: Selmeston Village Hall The Street, Selmeston BN26 6UG Come along, find out how the project is progressing and how you can get involved! Tea, coffee and refreshments... read more

Next Public Meeting 6th June

Our next public meeting will be held on 6th June at 7pm in Laughton Village Hall, Laughton. Come along to find out more about this exciting project. Meet the team who are leading it and perhaps even offer your expertise or an investment! All are welcome. …and if you can’t make it there will be another meeting on 3rd July 7pm at Berwick Village... read more

Cuckmere Solar is founder member of CEE

Cuckmere Community Solar has become a founder member of the Community Energy Association (England), or CEE. This is a new membership body founded to represent the community energy sector. It is led by enterprises which undertake community energy projects in England and has a broad membership which also includes public and private sector bodies active in community energy. The Government wants much greater community involvement in energy generation as it outlined in its Community Energy Strategy published in January 2014. The CEE has been set up to become the voice of the community energy sector and will engage directly with government on a national policy issues. One of the more innovative aspects of the government’s strategy is that renewable energy developers should make a share of renewable energy projects available for community ownership, and part of the remit of this new association will be to facilitate the partnerships needed to make this happen. Click here for more information about the... read more

Two key milestones achieved!

We have achieved 2 key steps on the road to becoming the UK’s first jointly owned community and commercial solar project. First, with the support of the backers of the commercial side of the project, the order for our grid connection equipment has been agreed. There is a long delivery time for this equipment and we will know the delivery date soon. That will allow us to set the timetable for the whole project. We have also settled on our legal structure – a Co-operative Society, which is the form of mutual organisation which can make a return to its investors. We have therefore set in motion the formation of the Cuckmere Community Solar Co-operative Limited. With the grid equipment order having been placed and the creation of the company, we’ve made the decision to launch a small round of investment (tax efficient under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) to cover our start-up costs. At this stage we are looking for £150k of which we have to date found £120k. If you are interested in investing in this exciting project please do let us... read more