The output from the Brendon Energy solar power arrays on community buildings more than doubled in 2014, compared to the previous year. The energy production figures will rise even higher in 2015 as new schemes come online and the projects which started in 2014 have their first full 12 months of generation. Great news in these days when green energy is suffering from several government knock backs.
Brendon Energy’s 6th power station has just been completed – a roof mounted solar pv unit on Wellington Bowls Club. The installation was carried out by EcoExmoor and is already generating green electricity. The Bowls Club will benefit from the free electricity generated and part of the Feed in Tariff money will be ploughed back in to the local community.
This is the first power unit paid for by the third share offer, which only closed at the beginning of April. Hopefully many others will come on stream in the coming months. The new investment is already making green electricity and supporting a local community asset.
A new group has been established in the Wiveliscombe area to try to inspire local action on climate change. Wivey Action on Climate had its first meeting on 22nd January 2015 with a well attended talk on ‘Climate past present and Future’ by Robert Dunn of the Met Office. Brendon Energy wishes the group every success with their work. Their website has lots of tips of how you can make a difference at home, at work and in the shops.
Brendon Energy members voted at the 2014 AGM to distribute £2,500 from the 10 Parishes Community Fund to the following good causes;
Next year that fund should have even more to distribute as it will benefit from additional revenue from the new solar scheme on the Community Centre roof.
Brendon Energy community funds are helping to plough the profits of production back into the local community
Brendon Energy’s second share offer was a great success raising over £51,000 from new and existing members. This has allowed a full repayment of the short term loan used to finance the installations and means that Brendon Energy now has 5 solar power stations generating clean green electricity on local community buildings.
Well done to everyone who made it possible, thank you to all those who invested and welcome to the 26 new members.
The government have recently published a Community Energy Strategy. This should be good news for organisations such as Brendon Energy and it does show that the government is seeking to promote the sort of projects we are carrying out. The proof of the pudding will, of course, be in the eating, so we will have to see how much of a practical help it is. A step in the right direction anyway!
The fourth Brendon Energy solar installation has been successfully completed on Brompton Regis village hall. This will provide free electricity to the village hall and shop and will finance a local community fund administered by the village hall trustees.