Devon Community Accelerator project

Providing training and support to Community Energy groups in Devon


Devon Community Energy Accelerator project

361 Energy CIC are one of a number of community energy groups in Devon working on developing community owned renewable energy projects.  We have received a grant and training from the RegenSW Devon Community Energy Accelerator Devon County Council fund.  The training has included the following important topics for bringing a renewable energy project into community ownership

  • Legal structures for community energy groups, building and land owner agreements (Stephens Scown Solicitors)
  • Engagement, publicity and marketing for community energy groups (Jodie Giles, Project Manager for Communities at RegenSW and James Reddy PR)
  • Preparing a Business Plan (Pete Capener, Chair of Bath and West Community Energy)
  • Preparing a Tender Specification (Lee Richards, Programme Manager, RegenSW)
  • The Grid (Western Power Distribution)
  • Launching a Community Share Offer (Jake Burnyeat, Managing Director, Communities for Renewables CIC)

While working on this project we made our successful Rural Community Energy Fund grant application.  This project went live in July 2015 and will look at potential community owned solar PV installations on rooftops and solar canopies for car parks and will be a collaboration with RegenSW and Communities for Renewables CIC.

Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)
RCEF is a £15 million programme, delivered by WRAP and jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.
For more information on RCEF, visit