Living in close proximity to the village of Balcombe, West Sussex, our senior account manager David Elliot-Rose is well aware of the fracking issues over the past couple of years – so with all the previous negative publicity it is pleasing to see some positive renewable energy news.
Some of the villagers in Balcombe in Sussex have scaled up their plans for a solar farm that has already begun generating electricity. If successful the community-owned farm could generate enough power for themselves but also the neighbouring village of West Hoathly.
Renewable energy cooperative REPOWERBalcombe was established by residents as a positive way to unite with renewable, locally-owned power, after the controversy over oil drilling by fracking firm Cuadrilla in the 2013 summer. After a successful share offer earlier this year, solar rigs are soon to be installed on the roofs of two local schools. This follows a pilot in late 2014, where 69 panels were installed on a cowshed at a nearby farm.
The investment for the solar installations at Grange Farm and the primary schools came entirely from local people.