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Sedgeberrow Energy Co-operative

SeSaME and the newly formed Sedgeberrow Energy Co-operative Ltd.

2010: From the very beginning SeSaME has been keen to explore reducing energy costs through improved insulation – hence the Home Energy Survey – and community bulk buying – hence the Oil Buying group. Alongside this we have continued to explore ways of generating our own electricity. All actions aimed at reducing some of our reliance on factors outside of our control.

2011: Four members of SeSaME between them committed £3000 to enable the building of a proposed 3.96 kWp (kilowatt peak) solar photovoltaic panels installation on the village school, with the remaining funding to be met by the County Council’s “Spend to Save scheme”. The project fell through after the goalposts were moved with regard to the timing and amount of the Feed In Tariff (FIT).

2012: SeSaME applied to Marches Energy Agency for funding, receiving a £600 allocation, to help explore the possibility of hydro power on the river Isbourne. The study, carried out by Sharenergy, quickly found no practical hydro resources in the Sedgeberrow area, leaving enough finances for them to carry out an outline wind study as well, if we wished. We received this wind study in December 2012. At that time the report concluded there may be a possible site for a medium-scale turbine of around 500KW. This possibility wasn’t followed up immediately because of the high costs of the more detailed feasibility study required and the priority of our commitment to planning for our village Home Energy Survey, whose results are now being analysed.

2013: Government funding fortuitously became available from a new Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), aimed specifically at feasibility studies to determine the viability of renewable energy projects. SeSAME decided that as such a project, if approached as a local co-operative, would bring significant financial advantages to the village and it was agreed that we should at least ask relevant questions. We approached Sharenergy again to help with preparing a bid for RCEF Stage 1 funding for a detailed feasibility study, meanwhile securing 4 days’ of Sharenergy’s time from the Co-operative Enterprise Hub to help with business planning and preparing for legal negotiations with a landowner. Success with the RCEF application would then take us to the stage of knowing whether a planning application was appropriate and could have a workable outcome, (though there would still be considerable more work before we knew for definite that a planning application could be submitted). When the RCEF application form was tackled it became clear that SeSaME was not a suitable community organisation to apply for RCEF money. What was required was an Industrial Provident Society (IPS). Accordingly Sedgeberrow Energy Co-op Ltd was formed for and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority on 19th August 2013. The new Co-operative, though an independent body, will operate as a natural extension of the work of SeSaME, complementing our other activities. Four members of SeSaME formed the Co-op’s Founding Members. Sedgeberrow Energy Co-op Ltd has now applied to the RCEF for a grant of £7,800 towards a feasibility study to be undertaken by Sharenergy. At this stage there are still many unanswered questions. However, the important thing for SeSaME is that we are asking the questions, as we have done before with Hydro and Solar opportunities.

We asked people to get in touch:

A crucial part of the securing the funding is having community support to investigate the opportunity. Please contact us on the email address below to say that you support our work or let us know if you have any concerns. If you wish to know more and/or receive regular updates on progress, please email Mike Parker, Secretary of Sedgeberrow Energy Co-operative Ltd, (SEC) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2014:

The project was successfully funded by that Government grant of £7,800 from the Rural Community Energy Fund. (RCEF)

Sadly this project had to be mothballed in late 2014 when the Co-operative was preparing for the possibility of making an application to the RCEF Stage 2 loan fund, in preparation for a planning application.
The main reasons for taking this decision were:
1). Problems with grid capacity, the need for large scale upgrade works, which would take a minimum of 2 years, during which new offers would not be issued.

 2). The removal of EIS tax relief for investors in community renewable energy projects. 

3). Changes in planning regulations for wind turbines, requiring planning applications to be restricted only to those initiated in a local plan.

What had been experienced was a huge amount of effort and voluntary work, on several residents’ energy project, sabotaged by Westminster’s failure to provide long term, consistent planning, compounded by poor communication about likely future policy changes. Mike Parker - SEC Secretary

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