Community Owned Renewable Energy
The main objective of the Community Owned Renewable Energy LLP (CORE Partners) £40m investment programme is to turn operational, ground mounted solar farms in England into community owned assets, whilst maximising the financial, environmental and social impact within the community.
The solar investment projects
The Next Generation programme is working with CORE Partners to form and equip community groups with the knowledge, skills and opportunities that they need to take ownership and develop these solar assets into successful long term projects that deliver against local needs and priorities.
The programme is currently providing communities in five locations with the skills and support to take ownership of local solar assets. The funds from these community-owned businesses bring huge benefits to the local area, from affordable warmth projects tackling fuel poverty, to better community and cultural spaces.
Shropshire and Telford Community Energy
STCE is being set up as a Community Benefit Society to develop and own community energy projects in Shropshire and Telford.One of the first projects that STCE are looking to take on is the Twemlows Solar Farm near Whitchurch.
This 10MW scheme was built in 2015 using private finance but is now looking for a new home in the community sector.
Orchard Farm Solar Array in North Kent has been up and running since 2016.
It is owned by a local non-profit group, Orchard Community Energy, with profits going to support community projects in Swale and Medway. Now there is a great opportunity to bring another solar farm next door into full community ownership through a new group: Kent Community Energy.
Yealm Community Energy
Yealm Community Energy will take full community ownership of two solar farms in South Devon: an existing 5 MW solar farm at Newton Downs that was purchased by CORE from Good Energy and one new 7.3 MW solar farm at Creacombe that has been developed by CORE and commissioned in December 2019. Find out more about YCE and their involvement in Next Generation on their website or download the case study.
Wight Community Energy
Isle of Wight
Wight Community Energy will bring the 3.96 MW Homestead solar farm into full community ownership. The farm, located to the south of Shalfleet on the Isle of Wight, is capable of generating 4.68 GWh of electricity.