URGENTLY SEEKING ROOFTOPS

MaidEnergy is urgently looking for charities and schools local to the Maidenhead, Windsor, Ascot and Egham area which own a large roof space (80-100m2).  We want to use this space to generate energy from solar PV panels, long term.  Our members will pay for the panels and retain ownership of them, and in return, the solar PV will help protect the charity or school against rising energy prices and C02 emissions.

Community and charity buildings are our preferred partner, as opposed to commercial buildings, as we’d like the savings to benefit our local community.  We are already generating energy through almost 100kWp on the roof of Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead, and The Magna Carta School in Egham – in the past 12 months alone, we’ve produced almost 90,000 kWh!

The reason for the approach now is that the government has announced its intention to end the ‘generation tariff’ for renewable energy on 31/3/19, and is consulting on plans to end the ‘export tariff’ as well – so to benefit, we need to get in before it ends.  A solar installation over 50kw capacity will qualify for ‘ROOFIT‘ procedure, which would give MaidEnergy 12 months to build and commission  installations before the opportunity is gone.

A reasonable estimate on say 50kWh installed, could mean a saving of c.£40k in energy costs over 20 years.   We would also gift the building owner a small amount of shares as per paying investors, so they would make a small profit of c.4%.

We are available to talk this through over Christmas and in early Jan.

Best wishes for a sustainable Christmas!

Nicola Davidson – Director, MaidEnergy Community Benefit Society – maidenergy@outlook.com or 07946 569801

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – 1

It’s been a very busy year for MaidEnergy and we’ve come a very long way! A big thank you to all our investors, Our first share offer raised £130,000, enough for our first site, Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead.

Norden Farm have a great café and artistic programme, as well as the fine sight of the solar rooftop in action.  So if you’re local go and visit, catch a play, have a coffee and admire the panels.

We’ve been generating away very nicely for a year now.  We recently received our first payment from Good Energy. It’s generated over 33,000 kwh (kilowatt hours) so far, which is enough to power 10 houses for a year.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – 2

The first share offer also raised enough for our second, larger, site on the main block at The Magna Carta School in Egham, and in August we installed it (during a heatwave – we proved it’s certainly a good site catching the full power of the sun with absolutely no shade at all).

We had hoped to be able to do this in the Easter rather than the summer school holidays, but as we discovered, Magna’s status as an academy meant we needed an extra permission from the EFA, the government body which oversees the buildings and assets of academy schools, which was a long process. In the first two months it generated over 6,000 kwh.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – 3

Our second share offer raised another £40,000 for a separate smaller site at The Magna Carta School, on S block, leaving some funds for another site. We installed that one in September and both are working well.

Thanks to a grant from E.ON we have a display unit in the school canteen to demonstrate to the school community and visitors how much renewable power they’re generating and carbon they’re saving.

Check out our Be Part of It page to see what we’re doing next….

QUESTIONS?

Contact us at: maidenergy@outlook.com or by phone on 01628 670231

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