Dundee Renewable Energy Society

We are a community benefit society formed to engage in the development, installation, management, operation, generation, transmission and supply of energy from renewable and low carbon energy sources for the benefits of the local community and our members.

We are currently in the process of developing a 2MW solar panel install near the A90 Swallow Roundabout on the west side of Dundee near Invergowrie.

This project will generate renewable energy for the James Hutton Institute, helping them to meet their green energy goals.

It will be funded by a share offer, where people can invest in the project and receive a return on their investment.

In addition to this, we expect the solar meadow to generate a community benefit of at least £10,000 annually, with a projected total community benefit of £720,000 over the 20-25 year lifetime of the project.

This community benefit will be spent on local projects to promote sustainable energy and alleviate fuel poverty.

Current opportunity

The solar park has received planning permission and development funding and we are now looking for volunteers to join the small friendly Board to undertake engagement with the communities of Dundee and surrounding ahead of a community share offer. We will then go on to build the solar park. The role involves attending monthly Board meetings and occasional community engagement sessions. Example tasks could include: drafting media releases, posting on social media, contacting local groups, reading and commenting on financial plans, speaking at meetings, preparing display materials. Once the share offer is launched, you will be helping to define the community benefit fund, prepare the grant process and engage with potential grant recipients. Ideally you will have some experience of community work, of being on a committee or Board and an interest in the environment and renewable energy.