Monday, 3 August 2015

Free Solar Panels Available to Owners of Community Buildings

Reading Borough Council Press Release 

OWNERS of community buildings can take advantage of a new scheme offering free solar panels.
Groups which manage, own or lease a voluntary, community, faith or not-for-profit sector building in Reading could be eligible.
The Reading Climate Action Network (RCAN) will provide and install the solar panels or solar thermal system and the group will benefit from free daytime electricity or hot water for the life of the panels.
RCAN will receive the Feed in Tariff payments made for the electricity generated which goes into the national grid. The money will go into the Reading Climate Change Partnership community fund to help tackle fuel poverty and related issues.
Any groups applying will need to have the permission of the owner of the building, which will need to have a large unshaded south-facing roof.
The group must be confident it will be based at its current location for the long term and be committed to using the opportunity to educate the building’s users on energy efficiency.
Initial applications for the free solar panels must be made by Thursday 27th August and the panels must be in place by March 2016.
Councillor Tony Page, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“This scheme offers a win-win situation for everyone. The owners of the buildings benefit from free electricity and a reduction in their carbon emissions and the RCAN raises money for the community fund.
I’d encourage organisations to get their applications in as soon as possible.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the scheme can visit:
http://www.readingclimateaction.org.uk/news-events/news/2015/jul/opportunity-free-solar-panels-voluntary-community-faith-sector-amp-not-profit-organisation-buildings/?scmOverrideRecord=220n32DdoQ,
email Summreen Sheikh, Sustainability Partnerships Officer at Reading Borough Council, at Summreen.sheikh@reading.gov.uk or call (0118) 937 2100.

Notes for Editors: 
Reading Climate Action Network is made up of organisations and individuals who are committed to reducing their contribution towards manmade climate change. It was launched in 2013, alongside Reading’s Climate Change Strategy, which was written by the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP). RCCP is made up of representatives from the community, business and public sector. Reading Borough Council is an active member of the RCCP board.


Media Contact: David Millward
Tel: (0118) 937 4289

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