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Solar Farm

Our 3.2MW community solar array is made up of 11,976 panels and generates around 2,971,000kWh of green electricity each year. That’s equivalent to the annual consumption of 825 homes or enough electricity to make 95 million cups of tea or send an electric car 11 million miles. 

825

Homes Powered

95mn+

Cups of Tea

11mn+

Electric Car Miles

The solar array benefits from a government-backed feed-in tariff subsidy and a guaranteed minimum price for the electricity supplied to the local distribution network.

The solar array was built in 2016 by Grupotech, an international solar contractor which has built over 1,100MW of solar plants worldwide, including 582MW in the UK. Before the solar array was bought into community ownership it was owned by Lightsource BP. Lightsource BP continue to provide ongoing maintenance services under a long-term contract. Lightsource BP have developed over 3,800 MW of solar plants and provide operations and maintenance services to over 120 large scale ground mount and roof top solar arrays.

The solar array is built on land leased from a local farming family. The land under and around the solar panels is managed to maintain a species rich meadow of grasses, herbs and wildflowers and encourage wildlife and biodiversity. The wildflower meadows provide a diverse environment attracting insects and other invertebrates including butterflies, bees, birds and mammals.

SHCE is overseen by a board of volunteer directors who are responsible for key decision making and ensuring the Society is governed in accordance with the Rules. The Board is elected by our community members at each annual general meeting. Up to two directors can be co-opted. 

SHCE is professionally managed by CfR CIC. CfR CIC is a mission-led community interest company which helps to set up local energy enterprises and works with them to develop, finance and manage their own renewable energy generation. CfR have supported the financing of community solar projects with a capital value of over £60million and it’s company and asset management team looks after 50MWp of community solar across 7 localities.

Our solar farm is maintained under a long-term service and maintenance agreement with Lightsource BP. Our capital comes from a long-term loan from Triodos Bank and the funds raised through our community bond offer.

Investor payments are administration is managed by Ethex. Please contact Ethex for any queries relating to you investment in SHCE.

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Peter Bonsall

Chair

An engineer by trade, Peter began his career working for a Canadian mill in the 1990s, contracting wood floors in the UK into Wickes and Screwfix. Peter’s passion for high quality design and workmanship led him to set up his own workshop, Blueridge, which has become one of the UK’s most respected producers of bespoke hardwood flooring and joinery. Peter served as Parish Council Chair during the planning and construction phase of the Solar Project. After his tenure he moved to serve on the Board of SHCE and Sheriffhales Solar CIC and helped to create the Charity SaCREC for distributing the funds generated by the community solar array to community projects in the Parish.

Neil Pulker

Neil has lived in Sheriffhales for some twenty-five years, having had a successful career with a premium car manufacturer, in various roles. As well as being involved in business consultancy, he has numerous charity interests, which has included mentoring sixth form students, to help them identify career opportunities, and so achieve their aspirations and ambitions. He is involved with various charities as a Trustee, ensuring they comply with the Charity Commission’s governance requirements, and ensure a secure financial future.  Neil believes strongly in assisting those less fortunate, often with mental health issues, achieve a more rewarding life and become the best that they can be. When asked how he saw solar energy he said “Simply put, I see it as putting the sun to work!”

Peter Frith

Peter lives and works in Shropshire. He is a Chartered Architect with 40 years’ experience, and formed Frith Architects in 1988. The practice now trades under the title Studio Severn Architects Limited and Peter remains a Director. He was Chair and governor of Moorfield Primary School from 1998 to 2009 and a Vice Chair and governor of Burton Borough Secondary School, from 2009 to 2015.

Richard Maddocks

Managing Director of his family farm for the past 20 years, Richard is heavily involved in the local community. He has been on the Parish council for 8 years and last year he was the President of Newport Agricultural Society. Richard is passionate about the local community and how it will benefit from Sheriffhales Community Energy.

Christopher Andrew

Chris works within the IT & Telecoms industry having worked on various large-scale projects with some of the biggest companies in the UK. He has an interest in emerging technology and renewable energy. Having recently moved to Sheriffhales from a nearby town, he has joined the SHCE board as he believes initiatives such as SHCE are key to helping both the local community thrive and help the country achieve sustainable long-term energy.

Pat Kind

Patrick worked for 52 years in the construction industry on local authority housing, roads and sewers, motorways, schools, and housing. Retired at 69 and involved in the local village with the solar committee, he looks forward to being an active member and director of Sheriffhales Community Energy. His interests include football, golf and spending time with his two sons and four grandchildren.