Update on projects, EIS from Ham Lane, Ham Lane opening, members survey

May 2016 newsletter


Dear member,

This newsletter contains an update on all our projects, the latest on the EIS tax allowances for the Ham Lane solar array, plans for the official opening at Ham Lane, and a members’ survey.

Our projects

The Moorhouse array has now been generating continuously for over a year. It celebrated its first birthday of continuous operation on 17 April and by the end of April had generated just over 2 million kWh of electricity and saved over 1000 tonnes of CO2. It has been operating above the guaranteed output by around 7%.

The Ham Lane array has been in operation for 5 complete months and is demonstrating even better performance than Moorhouse. Since commissioning it has generated just over 292,000kWh of electricity making a saving of 153.3 tonnes of CO2.

The three roof projects at Clevedon YMCA, and at Church House and Northleaze School in Long Ashton have been in operation since the beginning of the year and are all performing well and saving money for their buildings as well as carbon. By the end of April the three schemes had generated just over 15,000kWh of electricity and saved 8,000kg of CO2.


EIS for Ham Lane shareholders

The Ham Lane array has been operating for more than four months so we have now applied to HMRC for the EIS certificates. We anticipate that these will be with us by the end of May. These need to be completed and sent to members so should be with you by the middle of June. Information on completing your tax return or otherwise claiming the EIS tax rebate can be found on the website HERE.

Official opening of Ham Lane Solar Array on Saturday 16 July

The official opening of the Ham Lane Solar Array is being organised jointly with Solarsense. If you would like to attend then please register HERE. The event will start at 10:30 at Solarsense’s offices in Backwell with a visit to the Ham Lane site at around 11:00. There will be a brief guided tour of the site with a chance to ask any questions and then a commemorative sign will be unveiled by Sir Ed Davey, the former Energy Minister in the Coalition Government.  We will be returning to the Solarsense HQ at Brockley Lane, Backwell for refreshments, speeches and a tour of the site and different renewable technologies as part of an Open Day. There will be transport from Brockley to Ham Lane or if you want to go direct to Ham Lane there will parking available and you should arrive at around 11:00. Directions can be found when you register.

Members Survey

The last item is a members’ survey:  we are committed to seeking guidance from our members about the future of LCG and so hope as many of you as possible will complete the survey which should take no more than 10 minutes.  As an encouragement we are offering a prize of £50 to one lucky person who completes the survey – we will choose the name randomly at our next board meeting on 26 May so make sure you respond before then.

To complete the survey please click HERE

Jon Gething

Chair, Low Carbon Gordano
email: jongething@mac.com
tel: 07976 320445

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