Mar 27 2012

Can Community Solar Survive?

I recently interviewed Ben Whittle, a founding Director of the Leominster Community Solar Co-op.  This Herefordshire based community project aimed to put a large solar PV array on the local sports centre; owned and funded by people who lived in the area.  Unfortunately, the launch event happened a matter of days before the Government’s first ‘review’ of the Feed-in tariff.

While the solar industry has seen strong growth in recent years, and should be considered a success story, it is under threat from a lack of faith in the investment environment.  Regular and unexpected changes to any subsidiary will always cause uncertainty, and make it harder for projects to get off the ground.  I personally know projects that were cancelled as a result.

So did the Leominster project make it?  Listen to the interview and find out!

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