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Harborough Solar One

Social performance

Energy spend and fuel poverty are serious issues for many in Market Harborough. The board have set up this share offer take substantive action in addressing such problems.

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 - Cost savings for schools, community buildings and businesses

Building occupiers are being charged less for any solar electricity they use compared to their current electricity prices.

Harborough Solar One's latest project comprises 150 kW ground mount photovoltaic solar array located at NBJ, Husbands Bosworth. NBJ specialise in the manufacture of high quality specialist bespoke joinery and cabinetry for residential and commercial projects. NBJ is committed to the protection of the environment and promotion of sustainable development. The company accepts its responsibility to minimise the environmental impact of its work and to demonstrate its support of local sustainable initiatives, which is why it is involved with this project.

KSPI 2 - Educational benefits for schools

Pupils are able to use the solar installations and energy monitoring display packages as an excellent educational resource allowing the pupils to see clean and affordable renewable energy generation in real time.

KSPI 3 - Tackling fuel poverty in the local community

All surplus income will be used by Harborough Energy to support projects addressing fuel poverty and climate change in the district through a Community Fund. This fund supports community efforts to heat and power homes more effectively and reduce fuel poverty.

Whilst it is too early for the first projects to deliver a specific community fund, the Society has been able to set up a programme to deliver insulation and heating measures across the district to support households that are unable to afford to adequately heat their homes or whose occupants suffer from a range of health related problems.

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

Reducing carbon emissions is one of the core aims of Harborough. The carbon savings from its previous projects plus the latest planned project are estimated to be around 1,500 tonnes of CO2 over 20 years:

  • Archway House Natural Health Centre: 3.6 tonnes/annum
  • Woodnewton Academy: 19.5 tonnes/annum
  • NBJ ground array: 51.4 tonnes/annum

Staff travel to work

Harborough Solar One does not employ any staff directly.

Waste and recycling

Harborough Solar One does not currently report on waste and recycling but the Society will carefully consider the environmental credentials of potential suppliers and ensure that the equipment procured is as recyclable as possible.

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 investment

Any surpluses from the projects will be invested into a community fund to tackle fuel poverty in the area.

Ethical procurement

The Society does not currently report on ethical procurement but looks to uphold the ethical values set out for The Society's Members, of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

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