Solarcentury is now a member of Community Energy England, a not for profit organisation representing community projects and energy co-operatives. Founded in May 2014, CEE works to create the conditions within which the community energy sector can rapidly scale and grow in the UK.
Wolf Dietrich, of the Ground-Mount Team at Solarcentury said, “We are keen to hear from community groups as early as possible in the development process. We can share lessons from our own experience of developing solar projects including working with DNOs, the planning process, and how to maximise biodiversity as well as kWh yields. We hope to connect with other forward-thinking cooperatives and community- level organisations looking to bring the many benefits of solar to local people.”
Last month, Solarcentury completed a 2.4MWp solar farm for West Solent Solar Cooperative (WSSC) in Hampshire. It has been built on a 12.6 acre brownfield site, a restored gravel pit, and it is now supplying clean electricity to nearly 600 homes in the Pennington and Lymington area, having been connected to the grid on June 27th.
West Solent Solar Cooperative, whose 500 cooperative members each own a share of Hampshire’s first cooperatively owned solar farm, is also a member of CCE.
Susannah Wood, Chief Marketing Officer at Solarcentury comments, “We’ve always wanted to work with community groups so we appreciated being selected to build the solar farm for West Solent Solar Cooperative. However, it’s a reasonably new concept, so it is great to have the opportunity to network, share ideas and to develop best practice alongside community groups on how to complete successful solar projects.”
Frans van den Heuvel, CEO at Solarcentury commented, “We are extremely pleased to be bringing the benefits of clean solar electricity to an organisation that is making community-owned and managed renewable energy production a reality.”
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