27 September 2016
LARGEST COMMUNITY-OWNED ROOFTOP SOLAR POWER STATION IN UK GOES LIVE
Prodrive chairman, David Richards, today turned on the biggest community-owned roof top solar installation in the UK. The 2446 solar panels on the roof of Prodrive’s headquarters by the M40 in Banbury will generate up to 636 kW of clean electricity for the business, saving 5600 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next 20 years.
The project is one of 13 rooftop solar projects completed over the summer by Oxford-based social enterprise Low Carbon Hub on schools and businesses across Oxfordshire.
The project’s size is significant not only for the 636 kW of clean energy it will generate for Prodrive and the national grid, but because it will add £240,000 over 20 years to the Hub’s community benefit fund, projected at £3.5 million over 20 years.
Low Carbon Hub’s Community Energy Manifesto sets out their ambitious vision for this £3.5 million fund, which will include further renewable energy installations in Oxfordshire, demand reduction and efficiency projects, and innovation pilots.
Low Carbon Hub CEO Barbara Hammond said: “We worked very hard during the 2015 ‘clean energy dash’ to beat the FiTs accreditation deadline for all of the projects in our 2016 Low Carbon Hub Solar PV share offer. Now we want to invite local people who believe in a better energy system for Oxfordshire to invest in this portfolio of solar projects and earn themselves a bank-beating return.”
The Hub, winners of this year’s prestigious Ashden award for sustainable energy, is working with a wide range of local partners, including schools, businesses, community groups, councils and innovation hubs, to bring a clean energy system to Oxfordshire.
David Richards, chairman of Prodrive said: “As we are developing the next generation of automotive electric and hybrid systems here in Banbury, it was very obvious that we should use our roof space to generate clean energy for the building. The scheme run by the Low Carbon Hub is an excellent way to reduce our carbon footprint, lower our energy bills, while also generating significant funds to re-invest in further schemes within the local community.”
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