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Dear DCAN supporters.

We hope the webinar on Energy gave you some food for thought. And that it will help us in our aim to decarbonise Dorset through better homes and renewable energy Thank you to Will, Tim and Pete for their contributions, and to Giles, Vicki, Jenny and Helen for co-hosting and support. The agenda, what Dorset CAN’s aims are, and the ideas behind Low Carbon Communities can be seen here..

As usual we tried to get too much into the meeting, which meant that the discussion in breakout rooms and plenary session was curtailed; however we would really like your views on how we should go forward, and how you might want to be involved. Please get in touch.

The video of the webinar can be viewed here
(Incidentally Dorset CAN have done several other webinars and meetings which you can access on our YouTube channels . Recordings of our past Talks & Events | DCAN (dorsetcan.org).)

Tim Crabtree’s presentation for the Dorset Community Energy Retrofit Hub can be viewed by clicking this link.
Dorset Greener Homes is currently running on a year-round basis – if you want to visit a home and get impartial and practical advice based on experience, you can make an appointment on this web page (unclick ‘all’ and select ‘ Open all year by appointment’. To stage an open day event in September we need more homes, with eco- retrofit or low cost solutions especially welcome. We also need help in coordinating, recruiting, and publicising the event. If you are interested please write to dorsetgreenerhomes@gmail.com. The homes do not have to be perfect grand designs!
The plan to train Energy Champions in other places in Dorset is one of DCAN’s targets. Please write to Vicki if you would like to be involved.
Onshore Wind in Dorset has been held back for 15 years, with Will Bond’s Alaska Farm wind farm being a glorious exception. A small working party has been looking at the possibilities when the planning rules change. Contact Giles if you would like to be involved.
Solar communities are formed when we organise a rollout of solar PV panels in an area, benefitting from reductions due to bulk buying and installation. If you might want to organise this in your area, contact Jenny.
If you stayed to the end of the webinar, you will have heard David Toplas outlining his plans to create a Community Energy Project , initially in Loders, but potentially extending to other places His presentation can be seen here..

DCAN has achieved much this year, and there will be a chance to review our progress at the AGM – date TBC.

Finally DCAN exists largely by donations from its members. We employ a part-time administrator, and insurance, publicity and display materials cost money. If you are able to contribute, please donate on this link.

Sam Wilberforce, Giles Watts and the Dorset CAN energy team.