Why we started Energize Stur Valley

Our aim with Energize Stur Valley IPS is to provide an opportunity for green investment in North Dorset, for all the community.


Community Energy is here

Would your organisation benefit from installing renewable energy ? 3 steps that could make it possible.

Step One, find a suitable funding partner

We believe across Dorset and neighbouring Counties there are numerous sites suitable for installation of wood heat boilers, photovoltaics or other renewables were the site owner would like an installation but can’t afford it or doesn’t have the capacity to arrange. Many of these can loosely be described as community sites. Village Halls, schools, British Legions, scout huts, churches etc.

So we set up a Community Energy Society to help. We registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as Energize Stur Valley Industrial and Provident Society Ltd. We can plan, project manage and raise a local share issue to fund projects. The project host gets reduced energy costs and the investors get more than 5% interest and their original investment returned over 20 years with a 30% tax rebate in the first year on their investment.

The IPS is not for profit but because we believe passionately that renewable energy should be installed to replace fossil fuels wherever possible and benefit the community.

Step Two

With the help of a local installer we discuss and outline the potential project and together cost and create a potential revenue stream.

Step 3

This then allows us to create a share offer that offers a fair rate of return over 20 years, money back on the initial investment, tax incentives for the shareholders. Substancial energy cost saving for the project host and in some cases even a share of the revenue stream.

Let us have your comments and requests to stur.transitiontown1@gmail.com

Make your voice heard

You are invited to the
launch of a new report from the Resilience Centre:
The power to transform the South West
How to meet the region’s energy needs through renewable energy generation
5.30pm, Friday 10th July 2015
Glastonbury Town Hall, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset., BA6 9EL
Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for SW England
Andrew Clarke, Resilience Centre
Sonya Bedford, Head of Renewable Energy, Stephens Scown Solicitors Tom Hathway, South West Young Greens, University of Plymouth Chaired by Jon Cousins Deputy Mayor, Glastonbury Town Council

Solar Independance Day

See for yourself how a Solar Farm works and what goes on below the panels.

Please find attached an invitation to visit Race Solar Farm near Lytchett Matravers which will be open to the public to celebrate Solar Independence Day, on Saturday July 4th from 11 am to 3 pm. Solar Independence Day is the UK’s annual solar celebration showcasing solar homes, solar schools, commercial solar rooftops and solar homes.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the growing solar industry, how it works, what’s involved, as well as seeing it in action! The event is designed to raise awareness of the benefits of solar to you, your local community, and the UK as a whole, and the huge potential the technology has for safe, renewable and low carbon energy for the UK.

If you would like to attend please register via Eventbrite, if you would like any further information feel free to contact the Solar Trade Association at enquiries@solar-trade.org.uk.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy Solar Independence Day!

Kind regards,

Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall


07979 368238




Get M&S support for your projects

We have some great community energy news

energyshare are partnering with M&S Energy to run their first ever Community Energy Fund, a competition to distribute £400,000 in grants to renewable energy projects that benefit the community.

If you’re a not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits, this is your chance to secure funding! Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.

There are three types of capital funding available to apply for:

1. A national funding pot for a project that require a maximum of £40,000.

2. A national funding pot for a project that require a maximum of £20,000.

3. Regional funding pots for projects that require a maximum of £12,500.

We also have a minimum funding of £15,000 which will be split between the most inspiring and innovative projects.

Applications close on 29th July 2015 so to take part, simply complete the M&S Energy online application.

It’s easier to take part than you might think, so have a look at some projects from energyfund Cornwall, a similar project we ran last year, and see how easy it is.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Good luck!

If we at ESVIPS can help support your project with help, information plesae let us know.

Community Energy Projects

This is a great new film about groups in Devon are creating their own renewable energy projects.

Its not easy, it needs everyones support but it is Possible !!



Site of our next project restoring Hydro power at Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna, please let us know if you would like to hear more about the project.