Orchard Community Energy

Who benefits

Orchard Community Energy concentrates on projects that reduce the impact of climate change and increase their energy security, whilst at the same time generating significant donations to the community fund.

Energy generation

The Orchard Farm Solar Array is a 5 MW ground mounted solar array. It is expected to generate around 5,020MWh of renewable electricity each year, enough to power around 1,250 homes.

Local community

Orchard Community Energy will recycle 100% of surplus profits into local communities in Swale and Medway through a community fund.

It is estimated that the Orchard Farm Solar Array will provide at least £10,000 per annum in its first five years of operation for distribution to community projects in Swale and Medway.

This amount will increase substantially in the later stages of the project. It is projected that the project will deliver a community fund of up to £3 million over 25 years.

Criteria for eligible projects supported through the community fund may include:

  • wildlife conservation
  • climate change mitigation
  • carbon reduction (e.g. local food, low carbon transport, waste projects)
  • reduction of fuel poverty

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