Unfortunately, the proposed community project in Hinderwell has had to be shelved because of Government cuts to green energy production.
The project idea was to site 200 kW of solar panels in a field to the rear of Oakridge Primary School, which would be fed into the school to provide free or cheap electricity to them and the remainder exported to generate income to pay for the project.
The project was to have been funded by community shares and income, largely from the Government Feed-in-Tariff, would have paid back shareholders over a 10 year period and generated a community fund which could have benefitted local projects.
However, the surprise Government announcement that it is to slash subsidies by up to 90% and the withdrawal of tax relief meant that the project would not be viable. This was a big shame for the local area and was a waste of the time and money that had gone into the project development up to that stage.
Most importantly it means that renewable energy generation throughout the country has been dealt a severe blow, with many firms facing disaster, and our commitment to trying to cut CO2 and prevent climate change undermined.