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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