News

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.  The wish to offer it to the local community to purchase, and would give Yealm Community Energy preference to do that.  We are ind discussions with them on agreeing the basis on which we could purchase it.  Note that there will be no subsidies available, so the will be a pioneering subsidy-free project, but that makes the financial viability more challenging.

April 2017

The Newton Downs construction was completed in January but we have as yet not been able to reach agreement with Good Energy on a mutually acceptable price for YCE to purchase the installation.  The planning condition required GE to accept a “fair market price”, but we do have not yet reached agreement on what that is.

December 2016

We are nearing agreement with Good Energy to purchase the site at Newton Downs, which is currently nearing completion, to be commissioned in January 2017. Once we have agreement to purchase we will be raising a mix of bank debt finance and offering shares to prospective investors, hopefully in the first couple of months of 2017.

Ownership of the site will provide opportunities in the future for local residents to obtain reduced cost electricity, and we hope to be able to offer an energy storage facility to improve the value of the electricity generated, once regulatory issues have been resolved.  See presentation on Community Energy and Local Supply Options given by Jodie Giles of REGEN SW given to Newton and Noss Environment Group on 13 Dec. See Resources or download here.

July 2016

Come and visit our stand at the Yealmpton Show – Wednesday 27 July 2016 at Kitley.  Learn about investment opportunities in community solar projects.

7 January 2016

PLANNING APPROVAL FOR NEWTON DOWNS SOLAR FARM

South Hams Planning and Management Committee voted to approve the application by Good Energy for the 4.7MW solar farms at Newton Downs, subject to conditions, which include that Yealm Community Energy will be offered the opportunity to purchase it on completion of its construction, which is expecte to be in the second half of 2016.

MEETING WITH MP GARY STREETER 16 OCTOBER 2015

Gary Streeter meeting

Ray Holland and Peter Brown, together with members of PL21 from Ivybridge met with Gary Streeter as part of the Day of Action over DECC’s proposed changes to the FiT regime.  He undertook to forward our letter to DECC Secretary of State Amber Rudd.  He agreed that the sudden 87% cut in the FiT was too drastic, particularly for Communiy energy projects, and that a steady reduction in the FiT towards the expected 2020 date when subsidies would no longer be needed would prevent the loss of jobs in the industry and the end of community projects.  He would use his influence to seek to modify the changes accordingly.  He has written in support to the Secretary of State.

 

We will keep you informed of developments and will post updates on the News section of the website www.yealmcommunityenergy.org .

August 30 2015

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

We had a stand at the Yealmpton Show at Kitley on Wednesday 29th July 2015, together with Gnaton Farms showing the proposed Yealm Community Solar Farm at Creacombe, and Good Energy showing details of their development at Newton Downs.  We had a number of helpers on the stand during the day and they were all kept busy with the many people who came through wanting more information. See press article

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Community consultation event

The exhibition on the Yealm Community solar farm was held at Yealmpton Community Centre on Thursday 30 July, together with Gnaton Farms.  The event was well attended and there was particular interest in the extensive efforts at Gnaton for the solar farm to improve biodiversity, complementing the other existing environmental efforts on the estate in providing set-aside to encourage  pollinators and other wildlife.

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To find out more about investment opportunities or ask any other questions about the project, please email yealmcommunityenergy@gmail.com.

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