Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports and develops community business in England. They use their endowment from the National Lottery to create and strengthen better places through community businesses in England.
Wight Community Energy have been awarded significant funding from Power to Change to deliver a number of new community-based renewable energy projects on the Isle of Wight.
Wight Community Energy will be part of the national Next Generation community energy programme which helps to equip community-owned solar groups with the knowledge, skills and opportunities that they need to take ownership and develop their solar assets into long term successful projects that deliver against local needs and priorities.
Wight Community Energy will use the funding to develop the work being done at the Homestead solar farm at Shalfleet, including investigating ways in which the solar energy generated at Homestead can be used locally or stored effectively to better meet demand on the Isle of Wight.
There is also additional funding allocated for Wight Community Energy to pioneer other innovative community-led renewable energy projects on the Isle of Wight.