Energise Barnsley

Who benefits

Energise Barnsley is a rooftop solar PV community energy project, with Bernseslai Homes tenants, community groups, and residents of Barnsley at the heart of the project.

Community fund

The community energy fund has been designed to retain all surplus income from the Feed In Tariff, for the benefit of the local community. Energise Barnsley directors have modelled paying out a minimum of £10,000 per annum starting from year two, after an initial £20,000 in year one. The directors took the decision to have an overall lower community fund in total, by paying out regular sums from the outset, instead of waiting until the last years of the project to amass a community fund higher in total, but less in real terms. Any remaining cash surplus will be paid into the community energy fund. Allocation of the yearly contribution to the Community Fund, and the chosen beneficiaries of the community fund will be subject to a vote by members at the AGM in October 2016. Ahead of this, and in order to engage the local community, who are set to benefit from the community energy fund, there will be the opportunity for local enterprises to apply for an initial £20,000 fund from June 2016.

Berneslai Homes residents

Berneslai Homes residents who have received the solar PV installation are benefitting from lower electricity bills by using the free electricity, when the solar panels are in operation. All residents in the project have also received information packs on how to get the most benefit out of the solar PV system.

Schools and council development

The tenants of the commercial buildings, schools and council owned community centres will also benefit from lower electricity bills for twenty years.

The schools, which receive the solar PV, will also benefit from curriculum approved learning tools, directly linked to the installation.

Reduced carbon emissions

Carbon emissions will be reduced across the Metropolitan Borough, with 129 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions already having been reduced.

Predicted CO2 saving per annum is over 900 tonnes per year, based on warranted performance of the systems, on actual residential installs and a forecasted 1.1MW of commercial installs. This will give rise to over 18,0000 tonnes of CO2 saved over the project lifetime, with CO2 continued to be saved after this time as the panels are still operational.

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