Greater Manchester Community Renewables Limited (GMCR) is a community benefit society, set up and run by volunteers to install community-owned renewable energy across Greater Manchester.
We raise funds to install solar panels on schools and community buildings, helping them save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and inspire children and the community to learn about energy and climate change.
What we’re doing
So far, GMCR has installed solar panels on seven schools in Salford, one in Bury, and a community centre in Partington, funded through community shares.
The panels are held for the benefit of the community, and any surpluses go into a community fund to support local carbon reduction, energy efficiency and environmental education projects.
The share offer
Our first three share offers raised £350,000 to fund the solar panels on our nine sites, and we’ve just raised another £350,000 to fund a large solar array at a secondary school in Trafford.
Everyone who buys shares becomes a member of GMCR. In return for helping to fund our solar arrays, members receive share interest of up to 5% per annum, subject to the financial performance of the Society.
What we’ve achieved
We estimate that our project has so far:
- generated over 1.5 million kWh of clean electricity, enough to make 70 million cups of tea;
- prevented 350 tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted from polluting power stations;
- saved our partners over £150,000 on their bills.
We’ve also generated a £40,000 community fund for eco-friendly projects in the local community.
GMCR is run by a team of volunteers. If you’d like to help us bring solar panels to more schools and community buildings across Greater Manchester, please get in touch with details of what you like to do, or skills you can offer.
GMCR would like to work in partnership with building owners, so please get in touch if you’re from a school, community centre, public building or place of worship with a good sized roof and are interested in working with us.