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Multi-million pound fund secured by local charity and Cornish installers to offer free solar PV

Bodmin Rugby Club

Local charity Community Energy Plus has re-launched its Solar Communities project, which last year saw 22 buildings benefitting from 177kW of free solar PV.

Community Energy Plus, the Camborne-based sustainable energy charity, has bought together investors and local installers to fund roof-mounted solar PV. The re-launch also sees the scheme extended so that not only community buildings but also commercial premises and domestic properties can benefit from free electricity.

The charity has secured a multi-million pound fund to invest in the technology, and PV systems of all sizes will be on offer. Participating buildings could save around £2,500 on their electricity bills every year, based on a 50 kW installation.

Over the coming months, it is expected that hundreds of local buildings will take advantage of the offer, with several large organisations already registering interest.

Further information can be found online at www.cep.org.uk/solar-communities or by telephone on 0800 954 1956.

Neil Farrington, Sustainable Energy Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus, said: “Having been overwhelmed with interest last year, it’s fantastic that we are able to now continue with the project, allowing more buildings to take advantage of free solar energy without the barrier of raising capital to fund their own installations. We’re hoping to install a significantly larger amount of solar PV, and that as many buildings as possible come forward.”

“Cornwall has the best solar resource in the UK, so we want to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Feed-in-Tariff and retain the economic benefits locally”

Andy Richards, treasurer of Bodmin Rugby Club who had a 10kW system installed through the scheme in Month 2012, said: “I found out about Solar Communities on the internet in my lunch break. Now that the panels have been installed, we’re looking forward to seeing a saving on our electricity bills. As a small club, any saving will make a huge difference, and we’re hoping that next year we’ll really be able to see the benefits of having the panels.”