Generation exceeds One Gigawatt Hour
Our foundation was inspired by the demonstrations during 2013 against Cuadrilla’s exploration for oil at Lower Stumble, Balcombe. A small group of local people with support from renewable energy experts, decided that, instead of demonstrating, we’d show there was a better, far more environmentally friendly, way to deliver the UK’s energy needs.
10 years have passed since then and still there has been no meaningful oil production, although Cuadrilla’s partners, Angus Energy, have recently had a unanimous rejection by West Sussex County council overturned by a planning inspector.
You can find out more at FrackFreeBalcombe.org.uk.
During those 10 years, RepowerBalcombe has been quietly working, with support from its shareholders and many other parties, installing solar arrays on local schools and industrial and farming buildings.
Our solar installation hosts have benefited from electricity costs lower than those from their grid suppliers, and our shareholders have received a fair return on their investment.
And whilst doing all this, we’ve also donated over £75,000 to local energy saving projects in the community.
And now we can officially announce that we’ve generated in excess of 1 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable energy from our solar sites since we started.
Using UK government conversion guidelines, this represents a saving of 217,037 Kg or 214 tons of CO2.
Congratulations and a massive thank-you to everyone involved, especially our shareholders and host sites, who have supported us in showing that the way forward is for clean community energy.