A SUNNY & BRIGHT NICE 2018 AGM REPORT!

  PERFORMANCE ABOVE MODELLED FORECAST; ENERGY SAVINGS & CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCTION FOR ALL MEMBER ORGANISATIONS; 4% INTEREST RETURN FOR MEMBERS; AND NICE1&2 MEMBER SHARE BUY BACK SCHEMES 2018 . NICE held their 2018 AGM on 11th October in the McSweeny Building, Ashton, Belfast. Thanks to all members who were able to attend and to those that availed of the online voting facility. The evening kicked off with an intro by NICE member organisation and AGM host, Ashton’s Facilities Manager, Richard Healey.  Richard explained the McSweeny building had opened for business in May 2018 after a significant build and refurbish programme.  Richard outlined Ashton’s other facilities and various services.  He welcomed interest from any organisation or community group wishing to avail of their facilities or services and provided contact information to do so. The main business of the AGM then proceeded. Chair, Andy Frew gave a succinct & positive report on the past year at NICE and he made reference to the political instability and subsequent absence of future energy policy or strategy.  He highlighted developments in technologies, storage, software, apps etc are ever growing at a rapid pace and NICE was not standing still as the Board continued to explore renewable energy technologies and efficiencies advances that may enhance benefits for members or might open a new initiative/project. NICE1 and NICE2, Project Managers, respectively, Cye Bannon and Karen Arbuckle, presented summarised generation information for all NICE pv array stations – performance exceeding the forecasted models.   NICE PV array hosts saved on their energy costs whilst also reducing their carbon footprint and all the 2018 resolutions were carried by the members at the...

NICE AGM 2018

You are cordially invited to our  Annual General Meeting 2018. The meeting will be held on Thursday, 11th October 2018 in the Ashton Centre McSweeney Building is 29 Henry Place, Belfast, BT15 2AY from 7.00 p.m. If you wish to attend please register your attendance on https://nice-2018-agm.eventbrite.co.uk or by sending us an email to shares@nicommunityenergy.org . The AGM will start at 7.00 p.m. and the membership is invited to discuss NICE achievements, the end of year accounts, the election of the Board and vote for the proposed resolutions. An agenda for proceedings and the draft Financial Statements to the 31st March 2018, the proposed resolutions and the annual report and other information click here. Board election According to NICE rules (Rule 64), each year one third of the elected Directors is required to retire and, if they decide to do so, to seek re-election. This year, Andrew McMurray and Pat Carney are both standing down from the Board. However, we are pleased to confirm that both are standing for re-election. The current Board also asks for nominations from new members to joining the Board. Please do read the attached information on Directors roles and commitments and/or get in touch either with me or any other director if you want to know more about it. New nominations are currently open and any member interested to stand must return the Nomination Form to shares@nicommunityenergy.org  by 5.00 Friday, the 5th October. If you are not able to attend in person, you have the option to express your vote online and electronic votes will be counted in addition to the votes at the AGM. Email...
NICE Launch 2nd Share Offer (press release)

NICE Launch 2nd Share Offer (press release)

On 25th April 2016, Mornington Community Project hosted NICE2 Official Share Offer Launch High demand for low cost electricity from a host of third sector organisations has prompted Northern Ireland’s only solar energy co-operative to launch a second major Community Share offer.  NICE2 Share Offer Document. Almost 40 community organisations have expressed an interest in this ambitious solar energy project that will see their electricity bills slashed in half. Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE) today launched NICE2, its second community share offer to raise £130,000, which will enable them to install solar panels free of charge for up to ten charitable and community organisations. Last year NICE – Northern Ireland’s only solar energy co-operative – raised an impressive £150,000 with its first community share issue enabling them to install solar panels to benefit 13 organisations. One of those organisations is the Mornington Community project, hosted today’s launch. It is a member of the co-operative and benefited from free solar panels last year. Heather Carey, Board member of the Mornington Community project, said: “As Mornington continues to grow and expand, the benefits of reduced energy costs means the organisation is able to save and continue to invest in the people of the Lower Ormeau, now and for years to come.” NICE Director Karen Arbuckle said the co-operative, which was launched almost exactly a year ago, has made a big impact in the third sector. She added: “Thirty seven organisations have expressed an interest this time round. Because we were able to achieve so much last year it has given us the incentive to go ahead with another project. There is huge...
A Second NICE Solar PV Project & Community Share Offer!!

A Second NICE Solar PV Project & Community Share Offer!!

The “NICE2” project aims to further add up to 10 solar panel installations at between 4 & 12 Kwp each on the roofs of charities and social enterprises in Northern Ireland. At a recent General Meeting, NICE members supported the Board proposal for a second share offer. Initial financial projections have shown the financial viability of the current plan and projected a potential 4% return on members’ shares plus full share capital repayment. Our plan is to issue the share document mid-April 2016 and complete the potential installations in advance of yet again another policy change at the end of September 2016 which will decrease the ability of communities to own and carry out renewables projects. We have attached a pledge form for your attention which will help us measure the level of interest in the new share offer. If you prefer, you can complete the pledge online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DHXBFMN . It would be ideal if you could send us the form back by the 11th April 2016. Please feel also free to pass it to anyone you know who may be interested to support the project and become a member of NICE. Thank...
NICE ‘One to Watch’ WINNER @ Social Enterprise Awards 2015

NICE ‘One to Watch’ WINNER @ Social Enterprise Awards 2015

NICE a Northern Ireland, pioneering, community energy benefit society, are delighted to have received, SENI’s ‘One to Watch’ 2015 award @ their evening ceremony in the Dunadry Hotel. This was a significant and much appreciated recognition of achievement for our pioneering, Northern Ireland, community owned, renewable energy enterprise.  Anne Ford and Karen Arbuckle split their day & evening attendance @ the Social Enterprise Conference and Evening Awards on 20th October 2015, Dunadry Hotel, Co. Antrim. Click on this link to view video footage of the awards and NICE – SENI 2015 Awards...