and Weston solar energy firm delivers £3m community boost
new local energy company is inviting the local community to 'Share
the Sunshine' with a £3 million funding pot for local community
and Weston Energy Community Interest Company says surplus income
generated by its solar farm - after operating and finance costs
- will be used to support community projects and help local households
struggling with their energy bills.
and Weston Energy owns one of the largest community solar arrays
in the UK at Wick Farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston-super-Mare,
array is made up of nearly 36,000 solar panels which generate the
equivalent of the electricity consumed by more than 2,000 homes
Burnyeat, Director of Burnham and Weston Energy CIC, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The solar farm is expected to generate around £50,000
surplus each year over its 25 year lifespan - half will help support
an energy and fuel poverty advice service, while the other half
will go into the Burnham and Weston Sunshine Fund, to provide grants
to local organisations."
'Sunshine Fund' is being managed on behalf of the project by the
Somerset Community Foundation, with the first grants available in
can focus on environmental, social and/or economic sustainability
- this could include schemes to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions,
employment skills or low carbon community transport.
help and support will also be available from the new energy and
fuel poverty advice service which being managed by the Bristol-based
charity Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and delivered through
partnerships with local organisations.
a local energy company, Burnham and Weston Energy CIC will be governed
by local volunteer directors and local people and organisations
can get involved by investing in a solar bond offer to be launched
people and organisations can find out more at two drop-ins events
to be held at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre, Pizey Room,
Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday 12th June, from 12pm-3pm.
pictured, added: "The shift from a centralised fossil
fuel-based energy system to one based on distributed low carbon
and smart technologies creates the opportunity for communities to
take back control of their energy systems, keep money in the local
economy and make the energy production an asset for the local community."