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Chase Community Solar - NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED

What they do

Please note that this information is no longer updated and is for reference purposes only.

Chase Community Solar has been set up to provide electricity bill savings to lower income Council tenants, reduce carbon emissions and provide an opportunity to become a member of the Society.

Project Update

 It was clearly outlined in the share offer document that there was uncertainty about the final number of installs that were achievable, for a variety of reasons. Chase Community Solar have now reduced their estimate of the likely maximum number of properties which are suitable for PV installations from 400 to 300. This means that the maximum share raise has been altered from £950,000 to £750,000

 In part this is because the grid operator, Western Power Distribution, has declined permission to connect on around 50 properties - because the connections to the grid do not have sufficient capacity - and partly because it has become clear that some of the bungalows originally identified as having the potential for PV have vents or other intrusions on their roofs which will make installation impractical.

Chase Community Solar will of course seek to maximise the number of PV systems but they will not know the final numbers until the installers have carried out the roof surveys and tenants have been consulted on whether they wish to have the system installed.

The above does not affect the projected return on your investment.

Chase Community Solar

The sole planned activity of Chase Community Solar Limited (CCS) is the ownership and management of Solar PV panels on social housing owned by Cannock Chase Council and the distribution of any community fund arising from this.

CSS aims to install solar panels on between 150 - 300 council houses in Staffordshire. This would equate to electricity savings of £100-£200 p.a. for tenants. The Project will help at least 150 and as many as 300 social housing tenant households in Cannock Chase District, many of whom will be older people living on low incomes.

 

The size of each installation will depend on the space available on the roof, the maximum size will be limited to 3.6kW to simplify the cost of connecting to the electricity network. The average size is anticipated to be about 2.8kW.

The project is supported by the Cannock Chase Council to contribute to reducing energy costs of its tenants, and reducing the district's carbon emissions. Sharenergy are assisting with the preparation and administration of the share offer for Chase Community Solar Limited. Sharenergy is a Shrewsbury-based Co-operative which helps community groups to establish community owned renewable energy.

The story so far

In 2012 Cannock Chase District Council carried out a pilot scheme to install solar panels on 39 bungalows. Providing the tenants of the bungalows with free electricity when the panels are generating, with the surplus electricity fed back into the grid.

In 2013 Cannock Chase Council approached Southern Staffordshire Community Energy (SSCE) about the possibility of installing solar PV on Council-owned bungalows. SSCE agreed to develop the project through a new Community Benefit Society, Chase Community Solar.
 

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