Meadow Blue Community Energy

Who benefits

Please note that this offer is now closed (as of midnight on the 24th of November). This information is no longer updated and is for reference purposes only.

Meadow Blue Community Energy (MBCE) is a Community Benefit Society set up to deliver community owned renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy supply projects.

Renewable energy generation

This share offer aims to deliver a 5MW ground mounted solar farm at Merston Farm, south of Chichester. This solar farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power 1,340 average UK homes and save more than 50,700 tonnes of CO2 over the 25-year lifetime of the programme.

Merston Solar Farm

 Merston Farm will help West Sussex meet its own renewable energy targets. The site has been carefully selected for the following reasons:

  • Easy access to the local grid
  • Site is in top 5% of the country regarding solar light levels
  • The site is not classified as a conservation area, national park or under flood risk
  • The hedges and trees around the site provide a natural barrier screening the nearby residents and community
  • The site is designed to benefit local biodiversity

The Community

MBCE will set up an independent community fund that distributes surplus profits back into community projects and MBCE's rules also prevent the sale of its assets to commercial organisations should MBCE be wound up.

The Society's members

As a Community Benefit Society MBCE are bound by rules to act for the benefit of the community. There is one-member-one-vote irrespective of shareholding, and as a member you can get further involved through member meetings, joining working groups and standing for election to the Board.

Local biodiversity

The site of Merston Farm is suitable for agricultural use as a wild flower meadow combined with grazing for sheep. This has the potential to greatly benefit the local biodiversity.

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