STCE AGM Thurs 27th June 7.30pm (by zoom)

We are looking forward to an active AGM with good attendance from our new members.  We will be considering the accounts for 2023 and voting on a new board and discussing items such as our Community Benefit Fund policy so we hope you can join us.  The papers (including the zoom link, Annual Report and voting paper) will be sent out on or soon after Fri 14th June. Only members can vote at the AGM. After the AGM closes we will hold a meeting to discuss progress made over the last 6 months and where we’re going.

New board members would be very welcome, to strengthen the existing board who have all offered to re-stand.  In particular we need a new Secretary and help with newsletters and social media.  We would also like to see someone from the Whitchurch area on our board. 

If you’re interested in standing, please email info@stcenergy.org.uk.  We will want a photo and a  brief biography (up to 100 words) that we can include in the AGM papers, so we need to know by Monday 10th June.  The board meet monthly, normally early evening, mostly by zoom. 

You Can Still Join STCE If You’re Not Already a Member

Most of our members have become members through investing in our Twemlows solar farm share offer. However, if you’re not an investor member you can join STCE for just £10.  This is to enable people who couldn’t invest, or who missed the last share offer, to be involved in STCE. For a membership form please email info@stcenergy.org.uk. 

Twemlows Solar Farm Community Share Offer.

The Twemlows Solar Farm community share offer closed in November 2023, having met its minimum target and we have now completed the purchase.

Our aim is to develop new community-owned renewable energy schemes in Shropshire and Telford. The public will be invited to invest in these projects through share offers. The projects will deliver a return – not only for the individuals who invest, but also for the community as a whole, through saving carbon and the creation of community benefit funds.

Investors

There are three key differences in investing in Community Benefit Society compared to other kinds of shares:

  • Shareholder members are paid yearly interest on the value of those shares
  • Shareholder members can only sell their shares back to the society
  • It’s one member one vote – it doesn’t matter how much you’ve paid in because all members get an equal say in how the society’s money is spent on local renewable energy and sustainability projects

The money raised has helped to fund the transfer into community ownership of a fully operational 10MW solar farm near Whitchurch, Shropshire, which has the capacity to power 3400 homes. Any surplus from selling solar power to the grid will be added to a community benefit fund for supporting sustainability and biodiversity projects across the county.

Community support

We support community projects by providing grants to organisations in the Shropshire and Telford area. The funding for these grants is generated by investment in green energy projects.

Previous projects include:

  • Worked with Big Solar Co-op to get funding for the Big Solar Shropshire and Telford Co-ordinator
  • Commissioned Marches Energy Agency to study the renewables that will be needed in the Marches to get to targets set by the Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Commissioned Sharenergy to undertake outline feasibility for a range of renewable installations across the area.

We’ve distributed grants from the Twemlows Community Benefit fund to recipients including:

  • Park Lane Community Centre to provide hands on experience of conservation resources and low energy lighting
  • Whitchurch allotment and community Orchard with replacement trees lost during 2021 and additional beehive equipment
  • Contribution to costs of PV panels for the Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton
  • Blackberry fair pedal roundabout helping to promote sustainable practices
  • We are also working on the Bishop’s Castle Heat & Wind project using grants from the Next Generation project set up by Power to Change and the Community Energy Fund managed by the Midlands net Zero Hub.

Green energy

Our aim is to develop new community owned renewable energy schemes in Shropshire and Telford. The public will be invited to invest in these projects through share offers. The projects will deliver a return – not only for the individuals who invest, but also for the community as a whole through saving carbon and the creation of community benefit funds.