South Brent Community Energy Society

South Brent Community Energy Fund

Surplus from the operation of the wind turbine and solar panels at the Recreation Ground are directed to energy saving and renewable energy generation for the benefit of the community of South Brent.

At the 2015 AGM the society adopted a Charter to guide the administration of the fund. This now includes the Society's revised Objects:

SBCEF Charter

To September 2019 grants totalling £71,845 have been awarded to energy saving projects in South Brent (summarised below).

Church Rooms Heating

After a prolonged and detailed investigation into alternatives, the electric night storage heaters in the Church Rooms were replaced in 2019 with modern, programmable, units, together with an upgrade to the wiring. The Society made this possible with a grant of £3,052.

South Brent Warm and Well

An initial grant of £10,000 has been made to this project to fund energy saving improvements in qualifying homes in South Brent. The project is run by our neighbours at South Dartmoor Community Energy. For more info go to SDCE's web page South Brent Warm and Well.

South Brent Conservative Club

SR Plumbing and Heating installed a new Worcester/Bosch gas combi boiler togther with a Wave programmer and wireless thermostat at the Club in Stockbridge Lane in October 2018. The Society funded this work with a grant of £2,064.

South Brent Health Centre

PV solar panels and LED lighting were installed by SunGift Energy in February 2018. The PV panels are on two roofs, facing south and west, to maximise the energy captured. The LED lighting will also cut the amount of electricty purchased. The installation, which was enabled with a grant of £14,547 from the Society, was inaugurated by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP on 16th March.

Health Centre PV Opening

Official "opening" of the PV installation: SBCES directors, Drs Born and Galloway, Practice Manager Anna Keene and Sarah Wollaston MP

Health Centre cake!

A splendid cake to mark the event!

Old School Centre

The lighting in the main building of the Old School Centre is the biggest electricity load, so we have awarded a grant of £3500 towards the installation of LED lamps, which took place over the 2017 summer holidays. It is anticipated that this will cut electricity consumption by 50%.

Church Rooms

The Church Rooms are used by a variety of village groups and organisations, so we were delighted to be able to help save energy and improve the lighting with a grant of £725 for LED strips and some re-wiring, in January 2017. Church Rooms LEDs

The embroidery class enjoying the improved lightining in the Church Rooms

St Petroc's Church, South Brent

The Society has granted £9250 to the South Brent PCC towards the cost of re-wiring and installing energy saving LED lighting. This is a part of a much larger Heritage Lottery (& other) funded refurbishment to re-point the tower and improve the church for everyone who uses it. The new lighting was commissioned in Spring 2017.

In February 2017 we provided a further grant of £4000 towards replacing the ancient gas heating boilers with new, much more efficient, boilers. This should save around 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

New LED lights in St Petroc's

The LED lighting (at night!) in May 2017

South Brent Village Hall

The Fund's second grant was to the South Brent Village Hall Committee to install a 10kW PV system on the south facing roof of the 100 year old main hall. Installed by Beco of Totnes, the system went live at 12.30pm on Friday 1st July 2016. Village Hall PV

South Brent Village Hall, 1st July 2016.

Old School Centre PV

In December 2015 the Society awarded the South Brent Old School Community Centre a grant for the installation of 3.4kWp PV system on the roof of the School House. This is one of a number of measures the Old School Centre has made to this building to save energy, and is the first project the SBCEF has been able to support. School House PV installation

School House PV panels enjoying some sunshine in April 2016.

If you run a community building in the South Brent area and are looking for support to make energy saving improvements in the medium to long term please write to: The Secretary, South Brent Community Energy Society, School House, Totnes Road, South Brent or e-mail ejc.chapman (at)

V27 on 9 March 2014