Avalon Community Energy (ACE) and Brookside Academy are working together to bring community energy to Street in Somerset. The fantastic project will combine energy generation and learning in a primary school setting. We have been shortlisted for the M&S Community Energy fund and with your help we can make it happen.
M&S Energy launched the M&S Energy Community Fund earlier this summer, with up to £400,000 available to support community renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK.
M&S Energy will be awarding two national awards of £40,000 and £20,000, regional funding awards for projects across Great Britain that require a maximum of £12,500 and a Judges’ prize of £15,000 for the most innovative or inspiring project. Following the initial short-listing phase, the competition is now open to the public vote.
To vote, you can go direct to this link where you will need to register before voting:
Like you, we care about future generations
What could be more important than securing safe and secure energy for our children to ensure they have a bright future within a clean environment? ACE is developing renewable energy projects with this aim in mind. This wonderful project will help teach children about energy generation whilst at the same time assist Brookside Academy to reduce its energy costs and associated carbon emissions. Not only that ACE aims to generate funds to reduce fuel poverty and support other energy related projects within the local community.
What’s the story so far?
ACE is a Community Benefit Society (not for profit organisation) run by volunteer directors. We approached Brookside Academy with a project proposal to install solar pv on their roof. As Brookside Academy teaches pupils about the challenges our world faces and to think critically about issues such as poverty, inequality and sustainability, a solar pv project as proposed by ACE, fitted perfectly with their values and we agreed to work together to make it happen. ACE has launched a pioneer share offer #OwnTheEnergy to fund the project, so that local people can have a say and a share in this exciting project.
How will the money be used?
If we are lucky enough to be successful, the money will be used to part fund the installation of solar PV on Brookside Academy, a primary school, in Street, Somerset. . It has a large roof with good aspect, which we have been able to survey and develop a plan for installing 88kWp of solar PV.