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Renewable Heat for Rural Communities
Throughout 2020 we will be delivering our project, funded by the Rural Community Energy Fund, to support 50 households that currently rely on heating oil to go renewable by installing technologies such as air-source heat pumps.
For each household that is part of the project we will assess the property, produce technology designs and complete a whole-life financial analysis that will show you the long-term costs and benefits of using the new technology. The assessment will follow government guidelines on Covid-19
Based on the findings we will be producing a funding strategy that aims to reduce the upfront costs of installing the technologies in the properties that we work with. Once we have shown that our approach is self-sustaining we will extend the support more widely in rural areas throughout our region.
Support for Renewables
We support renewable energy installations for businesses and homeowners. If you are able to invest in technologies such as solar panels or heat pumps you can radically cut your carbon, become more energy self sufficient and reduce your energy bills.
For homeowners, we can undertake an initial pre-check of your home to let you know what renewable energy technologies would be the most suitable. We will then refer you on to our trusted suppliers.
We offer corporate membership to local businesses that will give you consultancy time that you can use to project manage your solar installations
Although solar electricity is no longer subsidised by the government, there is still a subsidy in place for renewable heat. This can cover a significant amount of the cost. Now is the time to go for renewable heat as the subsidy is due to end in 2021.
Take a look at what we offer to see how we can help you.
Forest Row Energy was awarded an £11,000 grant by UK Power Networks to run an energy advice project from May 2019-Aug 2020. The project helped people throughout Wealden to save money on energy bills, become more energy efficient, switch to green energy contracts and claim energy related benefits.
We gave 1-2-1 advice and support to people in some of the most fuel poor areas of Wealden and trained key workers who can provide ongoing support to people who are likely to experience fuel poverty.
We created a fuel poverty map to target the areas in Wealden most in need. We also produced a booklet that could help you save money, do your bit for the environment and keep warm.
Solar Power to the People
Following our award from the Marks and Spencer’s Community Energy Fund and further support from PowerVault and Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) we have been able to put renewable energy at the heart of our community. As part of the project we have put in place solar power with battery storage at the Forest Row Community Centre.
We are monitoring the amount of energy generated and money saved from the solar panels and battery and share the information with you so that you can see the savings that you could make in your home or business.
In the first year of operation, the 3.85kwp solar PV installation produced 3,300kwh of electricity. The average household uses 3,500kwh per year and the PV installation that is in place at the community centre is the size of a larger domestic system.
Solar at Seasons
Forest Row Energy were thrilled to work with The Seasons, the very much loved local organic store, to help them install solar PV.
As well as supplying the village with healthy, sustainable produced food The Seasons also wanted to reduce its carbon emissions from its day to day operations. They became one of our corporate members and benefited from consultancy support to get solar PV installed in February 2019.
The Seasons shop has now got a 5kwp solar installation in place - that's roughly the size of two small household systems. It is expected that the system will pay for itself in around 10 years and go on producing carbon free electricity for 25 years.
Well done The Seasons! Its great to see a responsible businesses doing so well in our community.
Renewable Energy for Emerson College
Forest Row Energy has completed a renewable energy feasibility study at Emerson College in Forest Row, funded through the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF).
The study looked at the renewable energy and energy efficiency options that would work for the College and our community. Currently phase 1 of the project to install solar electricity to supply 20% of the College's electricity is being considered by the College.