Tamar Energy Community serves the communities in and around the Tamar Valley in Devon and Cornwall.
The Tamar Valley is a wide wooded river valley stretching from Bodmin Moor via Dartmoor to Plymouth and the sea. The area is where West Devon and East Cornwall meet, bordered by the wildness of the moors of Bodmin and Dartmoor. It is an area rich in natural beauty and history, including mining and horticultural industrial heritages and a thriving local food culture. The area is popular with tourists and loved by its inhabitants, and the high levels of sunshine make it excellent for solar generation.
Tavistock, Callington and the surrounding area have a strong sense of community and identity with an active network of community groups.
The economies of West Devon and East Cornwall tend to be low waged, much of the area is off the mains gas grid and many homes are older and harder to heat. This leads to levels of fuel poverty higher than the national average. There is also an aging population with many people without access to broadband and digital services, meaning more people need support managing their energy needs and bills.