Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems are a way of harnessing renewable energy from the sun’s rays. Here are 3 possible ways that you can get involved in this technology.
First option is to “Self-Install”. If you are planning to install soon, you may want to look at the Green Homes Grant scheme (see this link). In the medium term, we’re considering a “Bulk Buying Scheme” in order to reduce costs. Other Community Groups have done similar projects – we can learn from them. Grants may be available for such projects from local authorities; details still to be confirmed. Meanwhile, we may issue a survey to see how many people could be interested in such an interesting community initiative.
Invest in Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE). This Local Community Benefit Society has 5 large Solar Farms and 15 Large Solar Arrays on Local Schools/Community Buildings producing enough green electricity to power the equivalent of over 4000 homes. They plan to double their capacity by 2022. Each year, provided the power generated meets the forecast, you will get an interest payment. Also BWCE donates annually to local projects via their Community Fund. If interested go to their www.bwce.coop/invest.
BWCE are looking to increase the number of solar arrays they’ve installed on large local buildings across B&NES (e.g. business, schools etc). BWCE lease the roof space, pay for installation and sell the electricity generated to the building at competitive rates. If you know of potential buildings that are south facing, with sloping roofs and an available area of more than 280m2, then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information go to: www.bwce.coop/community-solar-2020-faqs/