We are now in the process of installing 20 kilowatts of solar panels on a barn there, with batteries harnessing the power. It has cost the village between £15,000 and £20,000, but that money is already coming back to us. As well as some local houses, the village now sells the farmer the electricity produced on his roof. It shouldn’t be long before that power earns around £1,500 per annum for the local community, a figure that ought to rise over the next 15 years. It is a long-term scheme that’ll only get better. We are getting there in Temple Guiting. For a while it didn’t seem like the project could ever get off the ground, but with a bit of teamwork and a steep learning curve, we have a beautiful, shiny solar roof to be proud of. And – whisper it – I might even have converted a few folk to mild environmentalism.
Telegraph 29th May 2017 read more »