Help us to raise the money needed to get our share offer up and running, and bask in our collaborative, sunny, solar glory!
Harborough Solar One is an exciting opportunity to get involved in making 150kW of solar panels a reality in rural Leicestershire! But in order to get there we need to raise funding to get a share offer up and running. We are seeking £5,000 - that won't pay for the panels, but it will contribute towards the fees of running a share offer in order to raise the £151,203 needed for the installation.
This is our second project working towards our aims of making Harborough a greener District, to generate clean power, generate funding to help those in fuel poverty and to support our partners to promote their green credentials - the project will be able to do this for the next 20 years! In order to do this we have partnered with Crowdfunder, M&S Energy who are supporting community energy projects, and our friends at the local Langton Brewery who are helping us with rewards. Thanks to our partners and to everyone who supports our work - the future is bright and (hopefully) sunny!
The Harborough Solar One journey
Harborough Solar One already has a track record of installing Solar PV having completed a 57kW scheme 2 years ago. However, the renewables scene has changed a lot recently, and whilst we have a viable project ready for taking to share offer, we need to raise funds to pay for the fees charged by share offer platforms, as well as to pay for marketing support.
Our first project was a collaboration with a local school, and a local Health Hub - the photo above is some of the investors, directors and the solar panels at Archway Health Hub. This was developed within the most difficult period the solar industry has seen with feed-in-tariffs dropping significantly and other regulatory changes - realising this project was a great achievement and we now look forward to developing a significant step up in project scale.
What happens next?
When we get to the share offer phase we will be offering people the opportunity to invest in a 150kW project working with a fantastic local joinery firm - NBJ. The share raise will be £151,203. We have planning permission in place, along with a legal agreement with NBJ - so once the shares are raised we can get on with installing the panels with our dedicated, local solar installers - Environmental Energies! After that we can all wonder at the magic of electricity from the sun. Here is a map with the location -
A word about our partners
Our partners at Langton Brewery started brewing just outside Market Harborough in 1999 and are producing a limited edition bottle of sunny, lovely beer to compliment this project. Below is what the beer might look like! The final label is still to be designed - visit their website to find out more about their range here Langton Brewery website
NBJ is the business where the panels are going to be located. NBJ design and create bespoke joinery, cabinetry and furniture for prime residential and commercial premises globally. They have allowed us to use a patch of land next to their workshops and will buy the majority of the electricity generated. Neil Burke, the Managing Director, and his fellow Directors are interested in supporting local projects such as Harborough Energy, as well as promoting the green credentials of their business through taking part in partnership such as this. Visit their website here NBJ website.