Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables

What they do

Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables is a Community Benefit Society set up to deliver community resilience through community-owned renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy education.

The story so far

Pioneer share offer

In 2015 REACR completed a successful pioneer share offer which raised £300,000 for the turbine deposit, and other early stage Project costs, plus a community share offer to fund the build, which took their total raise to £750,000. REACR then took a loan of £600,000 from Resonance to match their project costs which were projected to be up to a total of £1,350,000.

This latest 2017 offer is to fund the remaining £600,000, to pay off the loan from Resonance and bring the turbine in to full investor ownership.

Project planning

REACR received full planning permission in August 2014 for a Community Scale wind turbine at Alvington Court Farm and a grid connection has been secured. The society has a 27- year lease of the land where the turbine will be erected which runs from April 2015.

REACR are responsible for the wind turbine and other related equipment as well as organisation of ongoing operation and maintenance.

Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables

History

Chelworth solar project

REACR was initially set up in autumn 2012 as a 50/50 joint venture between The Resilience Centre Ltd and entrepreneurial farmers John and Heather Rogers, the owners of Alvington Court Farm. After joint investment by both sides in the pre-planning analysis and preparation led by The Resilience Centre, REACR received full planning permission in August 2014 for the wind turbine at Alvington Court Farm.

Track Record

The Resilience Centre's ambition is to overcome barriers to local ownership of renewables, by enabling access to local assets by the community and a fairer sharing of the financial benefits, helping communities to build resilience. 

The Resilience Centre is the company behind the already successful Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns project which raised £1,400,000 from Debenture Shares in Autumn 2012. The project has been recognised as an exemplar of ‘best practice’ in Community Energy and was awarded both in the UK at the annual Green Energy awards and at the EU level as the Best Community based Energy Initiative.

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