solar farm pledges £50,000 a year for community
huge multi-million pound solar energy farm near Burnham-On-Sea is
generating enough power for 2,000 homes - and its owners say £50,000
a year of 'surplus income' is to be given to the local community.
90-acre site at Wick Farm, between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston, has
been running since last June with 36,000 solar panels now in operation.
is owned by 'Burnham and Weston Energy CIC', a new community interest
company, that is seeking involvement of local people.
Burnyeat, Director of 'Communities for Renewables CIC', pictured,
which set up the farm, says groups in the Burnham-On-Sea are set
will generate £50,000 a year of surplus income over the 25
year lifespan of the solar farm - half will go to a new energy and
fuel poverty advice service, while the other half will go into a
community grant fund, to be overseen for us by Somerset Community
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are also working on a community
bond offer that will enable people and organisations to invest in
the solar farm, from £250 up to larger amounts in return for
5% variable interest."
raising awareness of the project and opportunities for local people
and organisations to get involved, including looking for some suitable
local people to get involved in the governance of Burnham and Weston
Energy CIC as volunteer directors."
Burnyeat, who was among several speakers at a meeting of Burnham-On-Sea
Chamber on Wednesday night, added that the power gets fed into the
local grid and is fed into local homes via "one of the UK's
big six power providers," but he said that the firm hopes to
offer domestic customers a 'green' local power supply soon.
added that sheep continue to be allowed to graze on the solar farm,
demonstrating its 'green' credentials.