Local energy for Selsey and Sidlesham
The Ferry Farm community solar project, between Selsey and Sidlesham, West Sussex has been generating electricity and income from the sun since June 2016. Surplus income from the solar farm is used to support local community organisations and projects.
Selsey and Sidlesham and surrounding areas spend almost £20 million per year on energy, almost all of which leaves the local economy. The Ferry Farm community solar project is a step towards energy being generated and owned locally, with the value retained in the local economy.
Local Energy from the Sun
The community solar farm is made up of around 19,000 panels expected to generate over 5.4 million kWh of green energy every year for 25 years or more. That’s enough electricity to power 1,300 homes!
19,000 solar panels already making electricity from the sun.
The solar farm earns income from the sale of electricity and a Feed-in Tariff which provides an inflation linked income for 20 years.
How We Serve Local Communities
Surplus income generated by the solar farm, after operating and finance costs and reserves, is used to support Ferry Farm Community Solar’s community purpose. Since 2016, Ferry Farm Community Solar has been contributing around £40,000 per year to a community grant fund which supports community organisations and projects in Selsey and Sidlesham and an energy and fuel poverty advice service which supports local households struggling to pay they bills. It has also helped fund energy efficiency measures for local community buildings. It is expected to generate around £2million for the local community over the solar farm’s 30 year lifetime.
Ferry Farm Community Solar Limited
Ferry Farm Community Solar Ltd is governed by a board of voluntary directors and professionally managed by Communities for Renewables CIC.
If you would be interested in getting involved in the governance of the society or to discuss opportunities for community organisations and projects to benefit, please get in touch.
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