We develop community-owned renewable energy in Devon. We aim to reduce our local carbon footprint and lower our dependence on imported energy in partnership with schools, businesses and local people.
Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC) is an IPS formed by a group of local residents in 2007. Its aim is to empower the local community to develop and control its own renewable energy supplies and to ensure that the maximum value resulting from the development of local resources is retained by the community.
To develop the profitable supply of energy from renewable resources for the benefit of the community centred in Totnes and the surrounding area.
To ensure the democratic control of renewable energy resources, by the local community, through the establishment of an extensive membership of the Society.
To ensure that the maximum value from development of these resources shall be retained within the local economy.
To provide an opportunity for public-spirited people and organisations to contribute financially to the community with the expectation of a social dividend as well as a financial return.
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Totnes Weir Hydro-electric Plant
The Totnes Weir Hydro power plant was constructed in 2015 and began generating electricity in December 2015. It has been performing ahead of expectations with electricity generated being higher than forecast.
Designed to withstand at least a one in 100 year flood and the additional impact of high spring tides and increased river levels due to climate change, the scheme has coped admirably with recent storms.
Two Archimedes Screw turbines are generating clean, renewable electricity for Totnes. The scheme is expected to generate around 1,250 MWh of clean electricity each year – enough to power around 300 homes for at least 40 years*.
Photo Chris Allen https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5281505