SidEnergy is the community energy group for the Sid Valley covering Sidmouth, Sidford and Sidbury in Devon.
The aims of SidEnergy are to engage the community in energy and climate change issues and to provide economic and social benefits to the community by improving energy use and reducing fuel poverty. Our efforts are focussed in three areas:
- education about energy and climate change: we contribute to holding Climate Change Week and the Sidmouth Science Festival
- conservation of electricity, gas and transport fuel: including switching energy suppliers, reducing energy bills and tackling fuel poverty
- generation of electricity locally:- we are collaborating with other community energy groups to identify community buildings in the Sid Valley, such as schools, for solar PV systems
SidEnergy is run by volunteers and group members can provide independent, impartial advice on:
- switching energy suppliers – we usually have a table at the monthly farmers’ market at Kennaway House and can check if a better deal is available for gas and electricity; bring in a recent utility bill
- how to save money on electricity and gas bills by reducing energy consumption
- renewable energy, battery storage and other new energy technologies.
SidEnergy was originally the Sid Vale Energy Action Group, members of which formed a community enterprise, SidEnergy Limited, with the intention of raising money to install solar PV panels on community buildings. In autumn 2015 government suddenly changed its policy on community energy and our potential projects were no longer financially feasible. The limited company was deregistered in June 2016.
Join us! We are keen for new members to join our friendly informal group and hold meetings every three months or so in a local pub.
SidEnergy can be contacted through our Contacts page.