DARE Projects

Below is an idea of some of the project work that we have been commissioned to undertake:-

Current

RCEF Diocese Community Biomass Project - Okehampton

We were recently successful in a tender submitted to assess Diocese owned community buildings and woodlands in the area of Okehampton. We will look at opportunities for community schemes and linking of buildings through energy systems inclusive of district heating systems. Audits will also be undertaken to calculate the sustainable biomass yield of the Diocese owned woodlands. The site visits have now begun and in line with traditional British weather the rain has also been present so our surveyors have been getting rather wet!

RCEF Sustainable Crediton

We have been successful in another tender relating to the Rural Community Energy Fund. This time we are working with Sustainable Crediton to develop a community owned energy project. We are undertaking a feasibility study to identify renewable energy resources in the area of Crediton.

Diocese of Exeter - Pilot Schools Project

We were asked to undertake site assessments for 3 Church of England primary schools chosen by the Diocese. This included some of the following content; current building efficiencies and behavioural issues, energy consumption, recommendation of an RE technology if applicable, calculations of carbon and financial savings, product information for potential technologies, availability of possible funding etc. We are now on the final stage of this project and are undertaking pupil engagement activities and the organisation of a school Eco day with 1 final school.


Soil Association Land Trust

Our Technical Manager, Tom Furness works with the Soil Association Land Trust to provide renewable energy options for some of their farms. This includes looking at upgrading electrical supplies, working with installers to design suitable renewable technology options for the farms and the production of various documents and calculations to achieve the Land Trust's aims.

Past

Exmoor National Park - Woodland Feasibility Study

Feasibility study for Eco Centre and community development and management of Porlock woodland.

Georgeham C of E Primary School - Energy Assessment

Energy assessment of primary school.

Sustainable Design Collective

We were commissioned to undertake Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments on 4 properties as part of a sustainable social housing project in Devon.

North Devon Biosphere Project

Retrofit in rural areas in Northern Devon. We have been commissioned by the Biosphere to undertake this project which will involve following up leads from wood fuel events being undertaken in the North Devon area to identify clusters of homes that might be eligible for retrofit funding.

Plymouth Community Energy Project

This project is part of an initiative developed by Plymouth Energy Community Ltd with support from Plymouth City Council to promote greater use of renewable energy in Plymouth. We were asked to carry out site assessments on 15 Plymouth primary schools to look at the feasibility of solar power installations on the roofs of their buildings.

SEACS

DARE currently provides the schools provision in this multi-agency European partnership project which links Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Cote D'Amor and Lannion in Brittany France, to develop action plans and awareness raising campaigns around Sustainable Energy Across the Common Space in communities, schools and local authority public buildings. DARE is working with schools in the South Hams, North Devon Biosphere and West Devon areas.

LEAF Projects

DARE was involved in two LEAF projects during the early part of 2012.

DARE worked with Devon Heartlands Trust to provide a comprehensive assessment project in North Tawton, West Devon. The North Tawton LEAF project saw all community buildings in the town and a selection of twelve domestic properties audited and reports provided to advise on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. DARE also assisted with two community events and organised a specialist energy day at the local school and a seminar for local businesses and the potential for business diversification into the green economy.

DARE also worked with the Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park producing settlement energy plans and community energy plans for three towns/villages within the National Park: Dulverton, Brompton Regis and Porlock. DARE also organised a business event in Exmoor due to the relatively low level of renewable energy installers on the moor.