LOOKING FOR ROOFTOPS BEFORE MARCH
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