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Twemlows Solar

A chance to get involved with community owned solar

Twemlows solar farm near Whitchurch has been operating since 2015. Some of its funds already support great projects around the county - including Blackberry Fair. There’s now an opportunity for the local community to own and manage the solar farm. The profits could generate a £1.9 million fund to be spent in the local area over the next 20 years.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is working with our experienced partners, backed by Power to Change and Big Society Capital, to help this happen. We also need enthusiastic local people to make this exciting project a success!

About Twemlows Solar Farm

  • Located on a former RAF airfield just outside Whitchurch

  • Nearly 80,000 panels with a capacity of 10MW

  • Powering the equivalent of around 2400 homes, approximately half the households in Whitchurch

  • Saving 5000 tonnes carbon per year

 

Through the Next Generation programme, led by CSE, local communities will be given the skills and support to transfer Twemlows into community ownership.

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What's involved?

We’re looking for volunteers to join a community energy group which will eventually own and manage the solar farm. 

The group will run a share or bond offer, inviting local people to invest in Twemlows community solar farm. The group will then manage the solar farm as a community-owned business and decide what the profits should be spent on.

We will provide plenty of support and training. You can get involved as much or as little as you like and we welcome people from any and all backgrounds, with lots of relevant experience or none!

Sign up to for more information on how to get involved.

 

Typical tasks could include:

  • producing leaflets and brochures for the investment offer

  • explaining the project to other local people

  • helping with publicity and social media

  • working with others to decide how to run the business

  • making sure the money goes to support the right local good causes. 

 

It’s a great chance to learn new skills and knowledge, meet like-minded people and above all make a positive contribution to your local community.

What are the benefits to the community?

As well as Blackberry Fair, funds from the solar farm have already helped with Affordable Warmth outreach and other local projects in Whitchurch and wider Shropshire.

Under community ownership the solar farm can generate a much larger fund of £1.9 million over its 20-year life. This would bring much greater benefits to the local area – from energy to education. Decisions on how the money would be spent would be made by local people in the community energy group.

For example:

  • Tackling fuel poverty which affects 16% of Shropshire households

  • Better community spaces and more cultural events

  • Creating wildflower meadows and wildlife habitats on the solar farm

  • More protection for Prees Heath Common Reserve

  • New green energy projects to help cut carbon emissions

Community-owned energy projects are already generating big benefits across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Source - Community Energy England, State of the Sector Report 2019

Sign up to find out more about getting involved...

We'll keep in touch with updates about future meetings and opportunities to get involved in the project.

Your details will be used by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Next Generation consortium partners to contact you about Twemlows Solar Farm with information about future meetings and opportunities to get involved in the project.

 

We won't use your data for any other purpose than to contact you about the project and we won't share it with any third parties. You can find out more about how we look after your data in our privacy policy.

 

Come along to an event to find out more

Register for a free ticket and come along to hear about what community energy groups across the country are doing and how you could help bring a 10 MW solar farm into community ownership.

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