Working with Dorset Community Energy

Public Power Solutions is very pleased to be working with Dorset Community Energy on a project to install two small ground-mounted solar PV arrays in the Bridport area.

The group has recently been awarded a £20,000 feasibility grant from the Rural Community Energy Fund to help progress the scheme, which is the next phase of Energy Local Bridport, aiming to supply local people with renewable electricity at a very competitive rate of 9.5p/kWh.

It launched in January with 50-60 homes to get their power from a small wind turbine. As demand has grown, the group is seeking to add solar to the energy mix, which will also complement the generation characteristics of wind.

Dorset Community Energy is inviting local landowners to come forward who are interested in leasing or selling approximately one acre of land that may be suitable for installing solar panels. PPS will then assess their feasibility.

Pete West, a director and secretary of Dorset Community Energy said: “We are a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society that has already installed solar panels on the roofs of Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport Primary School, Salway Ash Village Hall and 14 schools across Dorset.”

If the project is successful, he said: “Bridport will be the first town in England to develop a local renewable electricity supply to householders and small businesses.”

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