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Gawcott Fields - OFFER CLOSED

Social performance

Gawcott Fields CIC operates primarily to benefit the Local Community through generating low carbon electricity and income to help fund local community organisations and projects, including energy and fuel poverty initiatives.

Key Social Performance Indicators (KSPIs)

KSPIs are a measure of how the business is performing on delivering its main social or environmental purpose. Read more

KSPI 1 - Renewable energy generation

The community solar farm is made up of over 16,000 panels with a total installed capacity of 4.17MWp. It is expected to generate around 4,100MWh of renewable electricity each year, enough to power around 1,000 homes.

KSPI 2 - Community fund

Surplus income after operating and finance costs and building up reserves will be used to support projects in the Local Community, such as providing grants to community organisations and funding for low carbon infrastructure, community energy generation, fuel poverty and energy efficiency initiatives.

It is expected that the Community Surplus will be around £20,000 per year for the first 15 years rising to £50,000 per year for years 16 – 20 (after the bank loan has been paid off) - a total of around £2 million over the 30 year life of the project. 

Common environmental performance indicators (CEPIs)

CEPIs are environmental performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

Carbon emissions

Predicted reduction of 47,972 tonnes of CO2 over 25 years.

Biodiversity

The solar farm fields will be managed as a wild flower meadow to encourage wildlife, especially bees, and a field next to the two solar farms is being made available for bee keeping. New hedgerows have also been planted to improve habitat and help screen the solar farms from neighbouring houses.

Staff travel to work

One of the Directors of Gawcott Fields CIC regularly cycles to work.

Waste and recycling

Gawcott Fields CIC is committed to promoting the use of renewable energy technologies and minimising any negative impact of its activities on the environment.

Common Social Performance Indicators (CSPIs)

CSPIs are social performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

Community involvement

Please see above KPSI 2.

Ethical procurement

The company has an ethical procurement policy in place which aims to promote transparency, equal treatment and non-discrimination.

Local employment

Award of contracts should not be based on previous contractual arrangements or solely on geography. However, if local suppliers match other suppliers in terms of cost and quality they will be selected in line with Gawcott Fields CIC's aspirations to contribute to local economic development.

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