During 2020 A to Z explored options for setting up a community renewable energy project in Ambleside, with the support of CAfS and Quantum Strategy and Technology.
Their first exercise was to identify the most effective renewable energy technology to focus on. As previous solar PV mapping had identified the good potential for solar PV in Ambleside, and the town was not considered ideal for other technologies, such as district heating, they decided to focus on solar PV.
The team approached many community buildings to gauge their interest in being part of the project and many indicated that they were. Unfortunately, no buildings have roofs large enough to sustain a stand-alone community-owned energy project now that the government Feed-in-Tarif subsidy has ended, so they needed to think creatively.
Instead they have worked with CAfS to develop two parallel projects to increase the amount of solar PV in Ambleside. The first is designed for larger community buildings, where we are working with the Big Solar Co-op and the second, ‘Solar Made Easy in the Lakes’ is designed to support individual home and small business owners to invest in solar PV for their own roofs.
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