Community Energy

Energy efficiency advice surgeries

The Energy Advice Surgeries provide 121 support on the following:

  • How to undertake a DIY energy audit

  • Reviewing tour energy audit findings and recommendations for action

  • Specific energy saving measures such as insulation, replacement lighting or heating systems

You can book a one hour session with Robert Horn on Thursday 7 April between 7-9pm, or Friday 22 April between 10am-4pm. 

The Fundraising Surgeries provide 121 advice on the following:

  • Identifying the appropriate funding sources for energy related projects

  • Ensuring you are funding ready and demonstrating clear evidence of need

  • Objective review of existing fundraising bids you are working on before submission

You can book a one hour session with Kate Burrough on Tuesday 5 April, Wednesday 6 April, Monday 25 April, Tuesday 26 April, all between 10am-2pm.

Renewable Energy Schemes in South Somerset

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The Community Council for Somerset (CCS) are running a series of online advice surgeries for any hall committees looking for support to either save energy within their building or advise on how to fundraise for energy-saving improvements.

A 14K Solar Panel system will save approx 1.5 Tonnes carbon per year* - bigger systems and large Commercial Systems will save more - do your bit to become carbon neutral sooner. 



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South Somerset Solar Streets


We're promoting community energy with the Solar Streets community discount scheme for solar PV installations. This is a joint partnership with IDDEA renewable energy systems, delivering quality lower cost solar PV installations to homes and communities across South Somerset.


Take advantage of the Solar Streets project to receive a large discount on a 4.0kWp (kiloWatt peak) 12 Panel Solar system. Other systems with discounts are also available, including other options like battery storage.

For every domestic solar installation Solar Streets pays £50 into the Community Fund and a minimum of £100 for a Commercial Installation to be used to help Your Community better afford Green Projects.

Find out if there is a solar streets scheme in your area, or find out more about how to get one started here.

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Solar Streets Installations in Bruton and Castle Cary

January 2021 saw the first installations of solar PV panels under the Solar Streets BrutonCaryPlus scheme in Bruton and Castle Cary. Bruton’s first installation included a battery which enables the residents to use a greater proportion of the electricity generated by the solar PV panels.

Solar Streets BrutonCaryPlus is a scheme where residents and businesses in Bruton, Castle Cary and the surrounding area, up to five miles away, can buy discounted solar PV and generate clean electricity, cut carbon emissions and have lower bills. For each installation, a donation is made towards local environmental projects. Solar Streets BrutonCaryPlus is a partnership between PV installers IDDEA, sales and marketing organisation The Green Group, Bruton Town Council, Castle Cary Town Council and One Planet Bruton community group.

The installers, IDDEA, have completed over 800 PV installations across the south west and more than 100 installations under the Solar Streets scheme in Frome and other towns. One Planet Bruton has helped to bring it to Bruton and the surrounding area.

If you live or do business within five miles of the centre of Bruton or Castle Cary, see here for more information and to book a survey.

Other Solar Streets schemes in SSDC include the Milborne Port and Sherborne, Somerton and Ham Hill plus schemes. 

South Somerset Community Energy

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South Somerset Community Energy (SSCES) is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society, whose aims are to reduce carbon emissions and fuel bills, especially for those in fuel poverty, throughout South Somerset.


SSCES fund and manage renewable energy installations in the district of South Somerset, starting with installing solar PV systems on schools, community buildings, businesses and private homes. Their pilot projects are in Yeovil, including fitting solar PV systems to Westfield Academy and Abbey Community Association's hall and these are now generating electricity.

Click here for the the latest government guidance on community benefits & engagement for onshore wind farms.

Lendology - Energy Efficiency Loans

SSDC are partnered with Lendology, an FCA regulated financial services company based in Taunton, Somerset, to offer energy efficiency and renewable energy loans to local residents.


From improving energy efficiency, installing renewable energy technologies, household retrofit projects and supporting landlords to meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, Lendology are able to provide a loan that can meet your requirements.


Making your home energy efficient will not only reduce your bills and save you money, but it is also good for the planet. An energy efficient home can lower your carbon footprint, reduce heat loss and potentially increase the value of your home. Renewable energy is one part of the solution but making smaller energy improvements to your home can also create a big difference.


For more details, click here

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