Chase Community Solar
SSCE has been instrumental in the establishment of Chase Community Solar Ltd (CCS). CCS is a new community benefit Society which has recently raised £750,000 from a share offer to fund the installation of solar PV on up to 300 Council properties in Cannock Chase district. The tenants in the properties, mainly elderly, will benefit from free solar electricity with anticipated savings of £100-200 per annum in most cases. CCS will pay a fair rate of interest to investors. Installation of the systems. Over the lifetime of the project we estimate that around 330 tonnes of CO2 will be saved.
This is believed to be the first community energy project to install solar panels on individual Council properties, providing free solar electricity to the occupants. More details on the project can be found at www.ccs.org.uk and it was recently featured on ITV Central News
The first installations are expected to take place at the beginning of April 2015.
The Astbury family outside their PV panelled house.
The Community Fund
Six Lichfield community buildings are benefiting from the SSCE Community Fund, a fund built up from surpluses from solar panel schemes and other energy-saving projects.
One of the organisations reaping rewards from the Fund is the Lichfield Garrick for which SSCE funded an in-depth audit of its energy use by specialist Warwickshire based consultants Encraft Ltd. Since the audit the Garrick has implemented a number of changes which include saving money on its energy bills through the installation of energy-saving LED lighting.
SSCE Directors with Lichfield Garrick Trustees and staff at energy audit presentation
The Fund has also supported audits at other local community buildings including Shenstone Village Hall, Handsacre Church, Beacon Park Scout Hut, and Martin Heath Hall, leading in several cases to upgrades being undertaken.