In August 2015 we installed a 10kW solar PV system at Balcombe Primary School and a 16kW system at Turners Hill Primary School. We will also be installing a display board at the schools to teach the children about the solar panels and are planning to work with the school in the future on our community benefit fund projects.
The funds to pay for these were raised through a community share issue. As we are a community-focused energy co-operative, we prioritised applications from local residents and 100% of the £49,000 of investment came from people living within a 12 mile radius of Balcombe village.
This was the ideal result for us, from the beginning we have wanted this to be a project by and for the local community.