We are pleased to announce that the Greater Manchester Community Renewables (GMCR) share issue is now live. After working with Fiddlers Lane Primary School in Irlam to install solar on their roof, Moss Community Energy decided that it would be best for the school and for potential investors for the site to be part of a larger project.
As such, we have been working with GMCR on their share issue. Money from the share issue will be used to install panels on Fiddlers Lane, along with GMCR’s sites (Irlam Primary School, Primrose Hill Primary School and the Fuse in Partington). After installation, Fiddlers Lane will be transferred to GMCR to be part of their portfolio of sites.
To find out more, visit the GMCR website, or visit their crowdfunder page:
Hi everyone. We’ve been hard at work and we’re ready to announce that we’re going to be joint working with Greater Manchester Community Renewables (GMCR), another Community Energy Coop working in the Irlam & Cadishead area. Since last autumn we’ve bee in discussions with Fiddlers Lane primary school about installing some panels on their roof. At the same time GMCR have been planning to install panels on Irlam Primary, so we decided that it made sense for both groups to work together. We’re launching the share offer for the joint project will be launched in early May, and holding a public meeting on the 10th May where people can learn more about the project.
“As soon as we started talking to GMCR, we realised that it made a lot of sense for us to work together.” said Sandra Dutson, a founding member of Moss Community Energy. “Having a bigger share issue for more sites will give more security for our members, and it allows us to give a better deal to the schools as well.”
As well as the two schools in Irlam, the share offer will also cover installations at Primrose Hill primary in Ordsall and The Fuse, a community building in Partington. People who invest in the share issue will become members of GMCR by buying shares, and all members will have an equal say in how the coop is run
The public meeting on the 10th May will be held in Hamilton Davies House in Cadishead at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome, whether they are considering participating in the share issue or not. Refreshments will be provided.
Ian Stewart, the directly-elected Mayor of Salford, signed a cooperation agreement with Moss Community Energy on 4th December 2015. This agreement encourages Moss Community Energy to generate renewable energy from community-owned solar panels placed on council-owned property.
Using a new app called Look Up we’ll be searching the Cadishead area for solar treasure -aka. roofs that could host solar panels and generate clean green electricity.
These roofs could be on homes, on the highstreet, in a industrial park, a cowshed, a school, sports centre or somewhere else entirely. When you find a roof that you think would be suitable, Look Up takes you through a few simple steps logging its orientation and any shade around it before connecting with Google Earth and the phone’s camera to add the roof/solar treasure to a national database.
There’s a mystery prize at the end of the hunt for the person who finds the most solar treasure, aka roof space. The treasure hunt will be part of an open meeting where you can find out more about Moss Community Energy, the people involved and our plans.
We are proud to announce the launch of an ambitious new renewable energy project: Moss Community Energy.
On Saturday 16th May 2015 we celebrated our launch with an interactive DIY solar panel making workshop run by Demand Energy Equality. We created 10 solar PV panels in the workshop. These panels have now been donated to a local community allotment.
At the end of a full day of soldering solar PV cells, we cut the Moss Community Energy cake to mark our official launch.
We are planning to install community owned renewables in Irlam and Eccles. Our first installation site is Moss Lane Farm.
A similar group based in Balcombe, West Sussex, is speedily transforming itself from ‘fracking village’ to world-leading solar-powered community.
A YouGov poll conducted for the Sunday Times last week showed the public is becoming increasingly opposed to fracking and solidly in support of renewables. The Department of Energy and Climate Change also track attitudes to energy, and their latest survey, published last month, showed the British public continue to rate renewable energy choices very highly. Public support for both solar (81%) and wind (65%) put fracking in the shade – with only 24% supporting fracking.
Membership of Moss Community Energy is open to people throughout Salford. If you are interested in getting involved in this exciting new project then please get in touch.