For transparency, Martin Large and James Mansfield, whilst serving as Ecodynamic Directors, are also founding Directors of Gen Community.
This is an invitation to potential members of Gen Community’s latest community share offer, Staffordshire Sunny Schools. This is Gen Community’s second project after Newport Solar which supported homes in fuel poverty in Wales. Gen Community is a mutually owned social enterprise and raises capital from members by offering a fair financial return, in addition to social and environmental impacts.
The Staffordshire Sunny Schools project aims to install solar PV on 25 schools and will have an immediate impact on 15,000 children, saving schools across Staffordshire over £90,000 per annum. In a time of energy price rises and strains on public services this really is power from the people! Gen Community is working with a local community benefit society Southern Staffordshire Community Energy to deliver the community fund projected at £170,000 – £350,000 over the project lifetime. This is the largest community funded schools project to date in the UK, with a target capacity of 1MWp.
Geoff, our hardworking Endurance wind turbine at Croft West was nearly struck by lightening in a spectacular New Year’s Eve storm at Redruth, which covered the ground in hailstones, struck the neighbouring turbine, and fused the local area grid.
Geoff’s fuses, some operating software and the local grid had to be repaired, by locally based Capture Energy, ably co-ordinated by our Technical Director, James Mansfield. As Geoff was down for more than 5 days, we are claiming under our insurance policy for repairs and for down time. We can claim for lost income if more than five days generation is lost.
We hope that such acts of God don’t happen again! I must say, as I was visiting Geoff specially to say hello on January 2nd, I was surprised to see him taking a holiday