News

We did it!

We’re delighted to announce that we reached our share offer target of £100,000 on Friday evening and we have therefore closed the share offer to new applications.

Thanks so much to everyone who has invested and all of you who made the time to promote the project and share it with your contacts!

We did it

What happens next?

We’re still working hard to finalise the legal agreements we need to put in place before we can release the funds, order the equipment and start the installations.

We’ll update you again soon…

The Time Is Now!

Last Wednesday, two of our directors joined the thousands of people who travelled to London for The Time is Now – the largest ever mass lobby of MPs calling for urgent action on the climate and ecological emergency.

The Time Is Now

One of the things we were calling for was more support for community energy schemes – and in particular for the reintroduction of tax reliefs for investments in projects like GMCR now that the Government has withdrawn the Feed-in Tariff.

Of course, we’ve not been waiting for the Government to act, and we’ve been busy raising the £100,000 we need to fund solar arrays on three more primary schools in our latest share offer.

We’re really grateful to those of you who’ve already helped us get over 80% of the way towards our target.  The deadline for applications is this Friday, so if you’re thinking of applying for shares, the time is now!  🙂

And please do remind your friends and family about our share offer on Facebook, Twitter, or by sending them a link to our share offer page

More than half way towards our share offer target!

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the Invest page, you’ll have seen that our share offer to raise funds for solar panels on 3 more schools has now reached £68,150!

It’s great to be two thirds of the way to our £100,000 target.  We were delighted to be invited to Monton Green Primary School’s summer fair on Saturday so we could share news of the project with the school community.  And we’ll be at Springwood Primary School’s summer fair this Saturday to do the same.

Visit our Invest page to find out how you can help fund solar panels on Monton Green and Springwood primary schools this summer.

=at Monton Green Primary School summer fair

Please help spread the word about our share offer on Facebook, Twitter, or by sharing a link to our invest page.

Thanks for your support!

Strong start to our 2019 share offer

Share Offer Update

We’re delighted that we’ve made a strong start to our 2019 share offer, with share applications totalling over £30,000 arriving in the first week!  It was great to receive applications from some of those people who missed out last year and we’re looking forward to welcoming them as members.

We’re now one third of the way to our £100,000 target but we’re not complacent and have been out promoting the share offer this weekend at Didsbury Festival and Mad Pride Salford.

Visit our Invest page to find out how you can help us fund solar panels on 3 more primary schools this summer.

Pauline and Hussam Didsbury festival 2019

Grid Connection news

Since we launched the share offer, we’ve heard from Electricity North West that we can install the solar array at Chesham Primary School without paying for upgrade works, so long as we don’t export more electricity than the grid in the area can cope with.  As the school uses lots of electricity onsite, we’re happy to proceed on this basis.

Share our share offer

Finally, please tell your friends and family about our share offer on Facebook, Twitter, or by sending them a link to our invest page.

Thanks for your support!

Launching our 2019 share offer

We marked World Environment Day with the launch of our latest share offer!

We’re delighted to invite you to invest in our new community share offer to fund solar panels on two primary schools in Salford and one in Bury.

This will help them save money on their bills, reduce carbon emissions and help the children learn about energy and climate change – as well as funding eco-friendly projects in the local area.

With a minimum investment of £100, you could own a share of this exciting project.and earn share interest of up to 4% each year.

To read our new share offer and apply for shares please visit our Invest page

Current sites - June 2019

We’ve previously installed community-owned solar panels at 6 sites and, this year, we’re working with Monton Green Primary School, Springwood Primary School and Chesham Primary School with a view to installing this summer.

By adding these schools to our project, we’ll be able to prevent more carbon pollution, as well as generating an estimated £175,000 of energy bill savings and a £190,000 community fund over the life of the project.

To find out more, please visit our Invest page

Thank you for your support!

Winter 2019 news

Latest installation
Our newest solar array at Broadoak Primary School was commissioned on 21 December 2018 and was switched on in February 2019.

Broadoak2 (resized)

This brings our total installed capacity to around 220 kWp across arrays at 5 schools and 1 community building.

Solar Performance
Our December meter readings show that our solar arrays have generated 237 MWh in total, saving around 75 tonnes CO2, which is roughly in line with expectations. About half of this was generated in 2018.

Changes to the Feed-in Tariff
You may have heard that the Feed-in Tariff is closing on 31 March 2019.  The Government has re-introduced pre-registration so any sites that we register before the end of March will be eligible for the remaining Feed-in Tariff funds if the sites are installed and registered within 12 months of the pre-registration application date.

We’re talking to a number of schools with a view to pre-registering some sites before the end the month.

Board
Our Board would benefit from a director with legal expertise and a director with experience of community engagement and managing volunteers. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining.

Autumn 2018 news

New installation – Peel Hall Primary School

We’re delighted to share a photo of our new installation at Peel Hall Primary School. The panels were installed in the final two weeks of the summer holidays and commissioned in early September.

Peel Hall complete 1 cropped

The installation has generated 3,870kWh clean energy already! You can see the generation for this week here.

Our first four sites
Given the sunny weather we had this summer, our four existing sites – Fiddlers Lane Primary School, Irlam Primary School, Primrose Hill Primary School and The Fuse – have performed very well. Generation meter readings taken in September 2018 show that these sites have generated a whopping 218MWh between them since they were first installed in 2016 – that’s enough to make 12 million cups of tea!

Finance Director
GMCR is looking for a volunteer Finance Director to join our Board. Our day to day bookkeeping is outsourced; we are looking for someone who can support our strategic development with their financial knowledge and enthusiasm. The Board usually meets once a month either in person or by Skype.

Our neighbours, Carbon Co-op, community energy efficiency specialists based in Manchester, are also looking for a volunteer Treasurer. They would love to have someone on board who feels confident to have financial oversight of the co-op, advising the committee on all aspects of finance. There will be a small amount of monthly admin. Their bookkeeping is outsourced.

Please contact info@gmcr.org.uk if you can help with either role. If you know someone who might be interested, please encourage them to get in touch

Big Clean Switch
If you haven’t switched your home energy to a green supplier yet, you can compare prices at our Big Clean Switch page and if you decide to switch, GMCR will receive a small commission payment.

 

Share offer update – Halfway there!

Share offer update

We are delighted to have reached the halfway point after just 10 days – we’ve now raised £75,325 towards our target of £145,000 to fund solar panels for four more primary schools.

We’ve been out promoting the share offer to make sure all four schools can have solar panels installed, and it’s great that we have been featured in the Salford Star, on Salford City Radio (listen again here) and On the Platform

Ali at PNR 9 June (small, cropped) Kate speaking at Basecamp (cropped)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be holding stalls at various events including the Lowry Makers Market, and attending the Community Energy England conference on 23 June.  Stop by and say hello if you see us!

Help promote the share offer

Please keep sharing our website and our video, and posting on Facebook and Twitter about the project.

Thanks for your support!

Share Offer update – A fantastic first week!

We were excited to open our new share offer on Tuesday and have been amazed by the support we’ve received for our project to install solar panels on four primary schools in Salford.

We’ve already received applications for over £50,000 of shares!  To be over one third of the way to our target by the end of week 1 is incredible – but there’s still a long way to go.

Visit our Invest page to find out how you can help us reach our £145,000 target.

This weekend we were out promoting the share offer at Envirolution festival, Friends of the Earth’s Basecamp weekend, and at Patagonia as part of the King Street festival.
Alice at Patagonia Envirolution

 

Come and see us?

We have lots of activity coming up to promote the share offer including joining in on a canal bike ride from Manchester to Worsley on 7 June, and Manchester Friends of the Earth’s meeting on 12 June on the theme of Powering the Future.

Share our share offer!

Finally, please continue to tell your friends and family about our share offer on Facebook, Twitter, or by sending them a link to our video.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy World Environment Day!

Invest in community-owned solar power today!

Greater Manchester Community Renewables is delighted to invite you to invest in our new community share offer to fund solar panels on four primary schools in Salford.

This will help them save money on their bills, reduce carbon emissions and help the children learn about energy and climate change – and profits from the scheme will go into a community fund to support eco-friendly projects in the local area.

With a minimum investment of £100, you could own a share of this exciting project.and earn share interest of up to 4% each year.

Invest in a brighter future for Greater Manchester

In 2016, people like you funded solar arrays at Irlam Primary School, Fiddlers Lane Primary School, Primrose Hill Primary School and The Fuse (a community centre in Partington).

GMCR's solar panelsGMCR’s solar sites

We’re now planning to install solar panels at Broadoak Primary School, Bridgewater Primary School, Light Oaks Infant & Junior Schools and Peel Hall Primary School.

By adding these schools to our project, we’ll be able to prevent more carbon pollution, as well as generating an estimated £130,000 of energy bill savings and a £150,000 community fund over the life of the project.

Find out how you can join the clean energy revolution

By investing in GMCR you not only help our schools go solar, you’ll also receive annual interest payments of 2.5% to 4% and get your original investment back by the end of the 20 year project (subject to performance).

To find out more, please visit: www.gmcr.org.uk/invest

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of Greater Manchester Community Renewables.

 

irlam-schools-go-solarCelebrating the solar installations in Irlam, 2016