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Portfolio 1

Our First Portfolio - 2015

A Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) grant for a feasibility study into renewable energy in the Tisbury area resulted in our first portfolio of solar installation sites and our First Share Offer (SO1). It was a massive success, raising £476,500 from 120 shareholder-members, mainly local to Tisbury and surrounds.

This first portfolio comprised 10 installations at a mixture of farm and commercial buildings, brokered partly with the help of Fowler Fortescue and the Fonthill Estate:

  • Bridzor Farm, Wardour, 49.84 kW

  • Fonthill New Abbey Barn, Fonthill Gifford, 25.44 kW

  • Fonthill Waters Ltd, Berwick St Leonard, 49.92 kW

  • Guild Anderson Ltd, Berwick St Leonard, 49.92 kW

  • Mail & Print Ltd, Berwick St Leonard, 49.92 kW

  • Nectar Imports Ltd, Berwick St Leonard, 49.92 kW

  • Pouldens Farm, Tisbury, 17.92 kW

  • Pythouse Farm, Newtown, 49.82 kW

  • Totterdale Farm, Tisbury, 27.56 kW

  • Totterdale Farm Dairy Unit, Dinton, 46.28 kW

The combined capacity of these sites is 417 kWp and our rooftop leases will continue for 20 years from 2015.

  • The host sites enjoy cheaper electricity

  • Our investors earn 5% interest

  • The community benefits from any surplus funds

  • The planet stands a better chance of reaching net zero.

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Solar panels being installed on the Nectar Imports Ltd building at Berwick St Leonard as part of our first portfolio (SO1).

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Panels on Fonthill New Abbey Barn

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Groundmounted array at Pythouse Farm

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Panels installed on the roof of St John's Primary School, Tisbury, as part of our second portfolio (SO2)

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Large array on St Peter's School, Wilton

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Semley Primary School

Portfolio 2

Our Second Portfolio - 2018

Another RCEF-funded feasibility study, this time  into solar on local schools, resulted in a second portfolio and successful Second Share Offer (SO2) in 2018 which allowed us to place PV panels on five schools brokered partly by the Salisbury Diocese:

 

  • the newly built St Peter's CofE First School in Wilton (29.7kW)

  • independent Leehurst Swan School in Salisbury (29.9kW)

  • Semley CofE VA Primary School (18kW)

  • Wylye Valley CofE VA Primary School (30kW)

  • St John's CofE Primary School, Tisbury (22.4kW)

 

We also had sufficient investment to put an extra array on one of our existing buildings. SO2 also has a 20-year lifespan.

This portfolio added a further 118 kWp to our generating capacity, bringing our combined total

close to 600 kWp.

  • The schools enjoy cheaper electricity

  • The children learn about renewable energy and the climate crisis

  • Our investors earn 5% interest

  • The community benefits from any surplus funds

  • The planet stands a better chance of reaching net zero.

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