Welcome to REPOWERBalcombe – a project that aims to generate the equivalent to 100% of Balcombe’s electricity demand through community-owned locally-generated renewable energy.We have completed three solar installations totalling 44kWp – all funded by local people. Thank you to everyone who has invested. Check out the Sites page for details of our installations.
In September 2015 we achieved planning permission to build a 4.8MW community-owned solar farm. This was a flagship opportunity to demonstrate what local communities can achieve, but just hours away from signing we have been forced to abandon at the eleventh hour after the Treasury unexpectedly scrapped a tax break that community energy projects rely on to raise funds.
We wanted our solar dream to inspire people all over the world, but the government have brought that dream to an end with a series of policy changes that are devastating to the community energy sector and the wider renewable energy sector in the UK.
Despite this adversity we have signed up two more schools who want to generate renewable electricity and reduce their carbon footprint – look out for a share offer in 2016 to help these Schools go solar.