The Route to Energy Co-Operatives

Pomona Solar Co-operative is harnessing the power of the sun for the benefit of people in Herefordshire.

We currently have 300kW of solar panels, installed in 2015, silently generating emission-free electricity that is being sold direct to 5 local businesses, with surplus being exported to the grid. Each year these panels generate about 280,000 kWh (284,198 kWh in 2019) and we expect them to do the same for many years to come. This is equivalent to the electrical energy used by 75 average UK households per year The installation is owned by approximately 100 current members who receive a reasonable interest return on their investment as well as their total investment back over the lifetime of the project. We also create a community energy fund to support other local projects.

We are now looking to add more installations around the Marches region, partnering with local communities and businesses that might have good rooftop or land sites, ideally with a high local energy use. How about your village hall? Or school? Or a large workshop or warehouse, farm building or factory? Due to the absence of any subsidies or grants all projects need to keep their running costs to an absolute minimum and each project team needs to know how to connect to the grid in a region where it is currently at maximum capacity in most areas. We have experience in doing both and want to do more to help other communities. We operate with support from Sharenergy who were formerly based in Ludlow, now in Shrewsbury.

Our arrays allow Herefordshire to generate its own clean power reducing the need to import fossil fuel. They provide a local and ethical investment opportunity for local people, helping to diversify the rural economy, keeping jobs and savings locally, as well as improving energy security and helping reduce Herefordshire’s carbon footprint.

Gordon Coppock MinstP
Director (Voluntary)

http://pomonasolar.org.uk/
For further info contact : [email protected]

Pomona Solar Co-Operative

The Route to Energy Co-Operatives

Pomona Solar Co-operative is harnessing the power of the sun for the benefit of people in Herefordshire.

We currently have 300kW of solar panels, installed in 2015, silently generating emission-free electricity that is being sold direct to 5 local businesses, with surplus being exported to the grid. Each year these panels generate about 280,000 kWh (284,198 kWh in 2019) and we expect them to do the same for many years to come. This is equivalent to the electrical energy used by 75 average UK households per year The installation is owned by approximately 100 current members who receive a reasonable interest return on their investment as well as their total investment back over the lifetime of the project. We also create a community energy fund to support other local projects.

We are now looking to add more installations around the Marches region, partnering with local communities and businesses that might have good rooftop or land sites, ideally with a high local energy use. How about your village hall? Or school? Or a large workshop or warehouse, farm building or factory? Due to the absence of any subsidies or grants all projects need to keep their running costs to an absolute minimum and each project team needs to know how to connect to the grid in a region where it is currently at maximum capacity in most areas. We have experience in doing both and want to do more to help other communities. We operate with support from Sharenergy who were formerly based in Ludlow, now in Shrewsbury.

Our arrays allow Herefordshire to generate its own clean power reducing the need to import fossil fuel. They provide a local and ethical investment opportunity for local people, helping to diversify the rural economy, keeping jobs and savings locally, as well as improving energy security and helping reduce Herefordshire’s carbon footprint.

Gordon Coppock MinstP
Director (Voluntary)

http://pomonasolar.org.uk/
For further info contact : [email protected]

Pomona Solar Co-Operative