The Amersham Road community centre has recently been refurbished, extended and reopened as The Weller Centre. They now have an electronic display showing real time solar power generation and total generation. The centre will be a great asset in the local community and is being managed by Catalyst Housing association who are very grateful to both RCES and Energy4All for the benefit that they now receive from the solar installation.
Just Around the Corner (JAC) Ltd is an organisation working with disadvantaged young people at their activity centre and stables in Wokingham. They have just been awarded a grant of nearly £1000 from Reading Community Energy Society to buy energy efficient heaters for their classroom and pottery room.
JAC run therapeutic and Educational sessions for young people; they are referred as they have difficulties engaging in the school or social environment for a variety of reasons.
Sam Milligan, JAC Development Director states: “The building only has electric and in winter can be very cold – the oil filled radiators were not efficient and took a long time to heat up our larger rooms. We are so grateful for the support from Reading Community Energy Society – the building has been nice and warm in the winter months and this really helps the young people to enjoy and focus on their sessions and the staff are loving the warmth too.”
Reading Community Energy Society was created by local volunteers, known as the Berkshire Energy Pioneers, the local council and Energy4All who have over 15 years’ experience in the community green energy sector. RCES are helping local communities to deliver renewable energy projects and have now just completed the first phase of solar installations across the town.
Tony Hoskins, Chair of RCES explains that: “The Society ran a successful share offer in July 2016 raising funds of over £200,000 from local people and other individuals supportive of renewable energy to enable the installation of the solar energy systems.
Over the 20 year life of the project, all surplus funds raised through sale of the electricity generated will go back to the community as part of a community fund. RCES are delighted to be able to support JAC from the community fund and make a difference to disadvantaged young people.”
Your friendly Reading board members – working hard on the co-ops behalf at a board meeting held on Wednesday 11th January.
They were planning the AGM and starting to think about what they want to achieve in the future and are on the lookout for more future renewable energy and energy saving projects in Reading.
From Left – Right: Cllr Rachel Eden, John Malone, Dan Fernbank, Clare Sharp, Tony Cowling, Rachael Hunter, Tony Hoskins, Cllr Liz Terry.
Community buildings across Reading benefit from solar panel installations.
Over the past three months solar panels have been installed on 10 community buildings including places of worship, community and council buildings and charity headquarters in and around Reading. That’s a total of 176kWp renewable electricity generated from solar panels!
The panels have been funded by the people of Reading and renewable energy supporters nationwide. Over 120 people invested over £230k in the project. This is the first scheme of its kind in Reading.
Reading Community Energy Society was created by local volunteers, known as the Berkshire Energy Pioneers, the local council and Energy4All who have over 12 years experience in the community green energy sector.
The Society has been set up so that after a fair return of 5% has been paid to investors, the profits, estimated to be £260,000 over the 20 year life of the project, will go back to the community as part of a community fund.
Tony Hoskins Chair, of Reading Community Energy Society explains “The main objectives of the project is to help reduce energy bills of the community buildings involved, improve the sustainability of our community, reduce climate change emissions and improve energy security. We are looking forward to working with the building owners and users and local community to ensure the project delivers these benefits “.
The founders of Berkshire Energy Pioneers are delighted to that their work has resulted in the first the community renewable energy scheme for Reading
Berkshire Energy Pioneers are continuing the successful work of Reading Energy Pioneers who first formed in 2009 as a neighbourhood group. They reformed in 2015 and many members now sit on the Reading Energy board.
Reading Community Energy Share Offer Filled
RCES share offer is now closed as it is oversubscribed!
Our first PV installation is now complete – please see image below, with more to installations follow.
Community Energy supporters urged to move quickly
• Support Reading’s first major solar scheme
• “Time is of the essence” before 15th July cut off date
Reading Community Energy Society
INVITES YOU TO BE A PART OF A COMMUNITY OWNED SOLAR PROJECT
Reading Community Energy Society (The Society) has launched an exciting new project to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of community buildings in and around Reading funded by a Community Share Offer. The first of its kind in Reading.
The Society plans to deliver just over 350kW of solar PV over 16 community buildings including schools, places of worship and community centres. The main aim of the project is to help reduce energy bills of the community buildings involved, improve the sustainability of our community, reduce climate change emissions and improve energy security.
Tony Cowling, one of the Directors and founders of the scheme points out that it has several benefits. Benefitting the community is at the forefront of the project, the host buildings (all community buildings) will save money on their energy bills and eventually will inherit the panels. The scheme will also run a local community fund to support energy efficiency projects and tackle fuel poverty. The members of Reading Community Energy Society will also receive annual share interest.
Everyone living in Reading and in the rest of the UK will have the opportunity to join in the scheme, the minimum investment is £200.
The Society will need to raise £450,000 to complete the projects. The closing date for the scheme is 15th July, therefore time is of the essence if you wish to be involved. This is an opportunity for local people to invest in their community and to play a part in a greener, more sustainable environment whilst raising awareness more generally about the importance of being energy efficient.
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Reading Community Energy Society is preparing its Share Offer. Register your interest now to be sent a prospectus as soon as it is published.