Cornwall New Energy (CNE) is working with Fal Energy Partnership to help them develop a solar renewable energy project on the Dracaena Centre, a community centre in Falmouth.
Fal Energy Partnership is a social enterprise working to create a low carbon future for Falmouth, Penryn and the surrounding area. CNE has been assisting with securing finance and legal support with a view to develop fully funded solar project on the Dracaena Community Centre. The centre, located in in Falmouth, provides an inclusive and open space along with a range of activities for the local community.
Currently, the community centre's energy comes from the grid, and the bills are high. With CNE's assistance in securing finance and legal support, Fal Energy Partnership is helping the community centre make the switch to solar panels. The money that is saved will go directly on things that benefit those who use the centre.
This is a pilot project; once this is completed and the business model has been refined, Fal Energy Partnership hopes to offer this model businesses and organisations throughout the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Area, helping them to install renewable energy and energy efficiency at no upfront cost.
This is a good example of support for a local community organisation with a small scale renewable energy project and trialling of a new business model. If this approach is successful, it can be replicated for multiple projects across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly region (C&IoS). It aligns closely with CNE's priorities and if proven, could make a significant contribution to the long term objective of building a strong Local Energy Economy in C&IoS.
To finance these solar panels, a crowdfunding campaign has been set up. To find out more about the project visit https://vimeo.com/277460866/be957d5b58
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