Energise Barnsley Social Impact Report 2016/17

Energise Barnsley was established with the aim of deploying solar PV at scale for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, using commercial expertisese whilst retaining a core community energy model to deliver a project with strong social impact.

The core community energy model included the project vehicle registered as a Community Benefit Society with the Financial Conduct Authority, protected with an asset lock, and a custodian trustee. Another core element was to offer participation in the project to like minded community investors via the Barnsley Solar Bond, in return for a fair financial return. Finally, all profit surpluses were to be used for the community fund to facilitate further community initiatives.

Project social impact was delivered using local employment where possible, and through tenant engagement via tenant liaison officers to educate tenants on the best use of their solar generation. Electricity savings to tenants equates to over £65,000 since inception, with over 800 tonnes of equivalent carbon emissions saved. Our residential battery storage project is seeing increased savings and increased energy confidence for our predominantly retired community where the project is taking place.

The 2016/7 community fund has delivered excellent results with case studies to follow in this report.

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