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

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.

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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.


Ideas for our Local Stur Plan

Our rural area is not suited to urban development so we should discourage, or hopefully prevent it, through our neighbourhood and local plan process; as well as opposing planning applications that come forward for town or village extensions by volume house builders that are not for specific local need. So what do we need? I’ve seen numerous failed plans for eco-houses in the countryside. Failed because they were not agriculturally linked and increased the need to travel because they were not in a town. So here’s my interpretation of an idea first floated by Vince.

Local farms should be growing more of what people are eating locally so they can buy it locally. That means less land for cash crops and much greater variety grown in smaller fields, more field margin for pollinators and wildlife and around 20% of land given over to energy crops (as was the case when we relied on horsepower.) We should encourage the conversion of a large farm to smaller units with several carbon positive houses (ie they generate more energy than they use) for farmers of discreet sub divided portions of the original farm, clustered around the original farmhouse, which is retained as a communal resource owned by the families to provide a farm shop, café, meeting rooms and place for celebrations. The price of the land would not have been suddenly inflated due to a designation as building land so hopefully affordable for young families wanting to farm. This, I believe, is what our sustainable Green future looks like.

By Keith Wheaton Green