Meet the team

We are a team of renewable energy practitioners from across Devon. We share a vision of local homegrown energy reducing our carbon emissions whilst benefitting our communities.

PETER CRONE
Director

Peter founded Farm Energy in North Devon in 1988.  This company was involved in most of the first wind farms built in England, Wales and Scotland in the early 1990s and was the original developer of London Array, which is currently the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary, officially opened by the Prime Minister in 2013.
Peter has worked extensively in Europe, the USA, China and the Indian sub-continent and has served on the board of Renewables UK, the trade body for renewable energy.  He is still active in developing renewable energy and was recently instrumental in starting up what is possibly the car fleet with the lowest carbon footprint in the world – a fleet of 10 electric vehicles in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides powered almost exclusively by electricity produced from wind power.
Peter has lived with his family in Ermington since 2009.

GWEN DE GROOT
Director

Gwen is an MBA, environmental consultant and social entrepreneur. She took community energy through the School for Social Entrepreneurs and participated in the Devon County Council Community Energy Accelerator Programme in 2014-15. Subsequently she has worked on RCEF feasibility studies developing a range solar roof-top, solar canopy car parks and a split-FiT 5MW solar farm as well as commercial solar farm development. She has innovated low carbon education workshops for schools and has run community engagement events all over Northern Devon as a Director and Energy Advisor for 361 Community Energy.

Als Parker
Director

Als has worked within the UK community renewables industry since 2001, developing wind farms, solar ground mount projects and solar rooftop schemes with an emphasis on community ownership and local supply. This work has included site finding and landowner negotiations, planning applications and stakeholder consultation, grid connections, commercial modelling and community financing to financial sanction and project build. Flagship projects include Chiplow Wind Farm (8.2MW), Parkhouse Solar Farm (4.8MW), Norbar Tools Solar (250kW rooftop) and Southill Solar (4.65MW). Her ultimate aim is to see local people benefiting from local renewable power in a locally owned decentralised electricity system. Als lives with her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs in the South Hams.

 

Alistair macpherson
Director

Alistair is Chief Executive at PEC and has led the management and development since its inception in 2013. His personal contribution to the development of the Community Energy sector led to a 2016 Community Energy Award as ‘Community Energy Champion’, and the 2017 Green Energy Award for ‘SW Sustainable Energy Champion’

KATE ROYSDON
Director

Kate Royston is a Founding Director of Tamar Energy Community. She is an experienced freelance researcher, facilitator and community developer. Kate has been working in the community energy field since 2011, is an energy advisor and project developer. She chaired the S.W. Devon Community Energy Partnership, helped transition it to the Devon Community Energy Network and now oversees the Devon Energy Collective.

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Jake burnyeat
advisor

Jake is founding director of CfR CIC, which helps set up community energy enterprises and works with them to develop, finance and manage their own generation projects. CfR has helped deliver over £40million of community solar projects from roof-top PV to MW-scale solar farms, including ‘buy-backs’ from commercial developers.

jodie giles
advisor

Jodie Giles is a senior project manager responsible for leading Regen’s community energy programme and champions the democratisation of our energy system nationally. She’s an expert in local supply, flexibility, new community energy business models, facilitation and stakeholder engagement. Jodie has led community energy engagement programmes with WPD and the ENA, focussing on connections, innovation, flexibility and DSO transition. She’s developed content and chaired over 40 events with DNOs, facilitated discussions, delivered consultations, and written plain English guides to network innovation and flexibility, supporting communities and local energy stakeholders to participate in our energy system and collaborate with DNOs. Jodie is currently working on Open DSR, a domestic demand side response trial exploring a community energy aggregation service. She has also worked on innovation projects to explore new local energy business models for microgrids, peer to peer trading, and battery storage with communities.