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Gawcott Fields - OFFER CLOSED

Who benefits

Surplus income generated by the Community Solar Farm (after operating and finance costs) will be used as a community surplus to provide funding for community organisations and projects in the local area.

Renewable energy generation

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

Local biodiversity

The solar farm fields will be managed as a wildflower 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.

Local economic development

Surplus income after operating and finance costs and building up reserves will be used to support projects in the Local Community. 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. For an initial period of 3 years, half the Community Surplus will be used to fund a program in the local area to help people struggling with their energy bills. This program will be run by Buckingham and Winslow Citizens Advice in collaboration with the Milton Keynes-based energy charity, the National Energy Foundation. The other half of the Community Surplus will be used to support a community fund to provide grants to local community organisations. The grants will be awarded through an application process open to organisations operating in the Local Community, and will have a defined focus each year. For the first year the focus will be local sports.

The ‘Local Community’ is defined as the parishes within a 5km radius of the Community Solar Farm.

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