Community Solar Panel Installation
In 2015 Staffordshire Community Energy established a separate Community Benefit Society – Chase Community Solar (CCS) – in collaboration with Cannock Chase Council – to install solar panels on the roofs of 314 council bungalows across Cannock Chase District, including Rugeley, Hednesford and Norton Keynes. To achieve this the project raised almost £1,000,000 from community investors and a social loan from Pure Leapfrog. This project has enabled tenants to access free solar power within their properties, reducing the burden of their energy bills.
Following a successful grant application to the Energy Redress fund CCS has been able to install batteries in 75 of the properties, increasing the proportion of the solar power than the occupiers are able to consume. Any surplus is invested into a community fund to support further work w ith residents including the addition of complementary technologies and visits from Beat the Cold.
Councillor Adrienne Fitzgerald, Portfolio Leader for Housing, Heritage & Leisure, said,
“I am delighted that Chase Community Solar and Beat the Cold were able to secure this funding. This means that 75 of our housing tenants will have the opportunity to store the energy that they are producing to use it when they need it instead of it going back to the grid. This initiative will help to reduce the carbon footprint of our housing stock and contribute to the Council commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.”
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