It was 5 years ago when Lymm Community Energy (LCE) installed two solar panel systems at Oughtrington and Ravenbank Primary schools. The following year, two more solar systems were installed at Cherry Tree and Statham Primary schools. LCE raised £184K through two community share offers in summers of 2015 and 2016 to fund these projects.
The solar systems have generated 426,300kWh of clean electricity to the end of September 2020 which is enough to power about 115 homes for a year. The systems are saving about 25 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year which is equivalent to the CO2 absorbed per year by 1,160 mature trees. The money raised for the solar systems also enabled LCE to fund the installation of low energy LED lighting at three of the schools.
As part of its remit to encourage energy efficiency and carbon reduction, LCE has undertaken energy audits of Maple Lodge Scout & Guide Centre and Lymm Village Hall. Recommendations were made on how to achieve net zero carbon for the buildings and these are now being implemented.
Financial support for energy efficiency/carbon reduction is available from LCE through its Community Benefit Fund which allocated £2,500 to two projects last year and a further £1,500 is now available for this year.
“We are now looking ahead at the next 5 to 10 years and identifying new CO2 reduction projects in which can invest” says Bob Barr, LCE’s Chair. “If you have any ideas about projects in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles or energy storage, we would be very pleased to hear from you.”