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Tendring – FREE Evening Webinar

May 21 @ 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Community Energy South is supported by Essex County Council and Tendring District Council to develop a Community Energy Society for the district. We want to set up a Community Energy Group for Tendring District which will enable local people to take positive action on climate change and create local energy saving & generation projects that put profits back into the local community.

Have you ideas for new projects in Tendring?

Sign up here to join us our free to attend webinar.

We are open to all suggestions from micro hydro to onshore wind. Experience shows that easiest likely projects will be:ground mounted or rooftop solar PV. Good solar sites would be:

  • Large, simple rooftops with space for at least a 100kW solar array which is around the size of a tennis court. Bigger than that would be even better.
  • A site which is occupied by an energy user keen to purchase most/all of the energy generated.
  • A freeholder willing to lease the roof.
  • Sites without obvious planning restrictions, shading etc.

We’re looking for local volunteer leaders

Nominate yourself

Nominate sites

Can you join us? The group will need local people who want to give something  back to the community in Tendring, by creating jobs, growing energy generation projects and supporting householders to make their homes more eco-friendly, warm, cosy and future fit.  

We also welcome people whose employers will give them time off to share their skills in contribution to communities.   

The group will create a board of 8 directors and others will join as a volunteer executive team, either using existing skills or learning new ones to deliver exciting local projects to help local people.

Groups will  become expert in creating energy generation projects for as well as signposting people to all sorts of energy help and grant funding for energy saving.

Can you volunteer a few hours per week to help make this happen.

I have had more fun doing this community energy solar project than in all my years as an accountant”

–  Jim, retired accountant from Northumberland


We are looking for people with skills in:

  • projects management
  • communications
  • financial projections
  • reviewing leases
  • renewable energy
  • house eco retrofit


As part of a small, senior team you’ll:

  • Create the governance and ensure the Society runs according.
  • Design projects.
  • Manage raising the finances.
  • Deliver and manage projects.
  • Be liable for a maximum sum of £1.

Community Energy South will support the group by:

  • Helping to form the business which will be a Community Benefit Society – a type of business commonly known as a ‘co-op’ which has the power to raise share investment and lock the assets for community benefit only.
  • Explaining how the finances work by paying investors back long term through revenue generated by energy sales.
  • Nurture collaboration and communication to ensure the projects are what is needed locally, people are empowered and investment can be raised.
  • Seeking ideal projects and local stakeholders.
  • Providing high level feasibility assessment of potential projects.
  • Providing guidance and training on technical requirements, policies and procedures.

Nominate yourself

Nominate sites

If you have any questions or if you’re a local landowner looking for inspiration contact nicola.davidson@communityenergysouth.org.