The Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative Community Benefit scheme is now open for grant applications from community-focused organisations in Edinburgh that wish to:
Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative raises capital from the public to place solar panel installations on City of Edinburgh Council buildings (schools, leisure centres and other council owned buildings). As well as paying annual returns to our investors, we allocate part of our profits to community causes that benefit the people of Edinburgh.
Applicants can apply for a minimum of £1000 and a maximum of £5000. Eligible organisations can apply for the full cost of a project or a smaller contribution to a larger project. The average grant is likely to be in the region of £1500.Funds for larger projects will not be released until the applicant can demonstrate that they have the remainder of the funds in place.
Applications are now open with a closing date of 30th June 2022.
Purpose of the grant
Re-purposed solar panels
ECSC currently has 36 (260w) used solar panels that can be re-purposed on other structures. Applicants can apply for up to 15 panels plus installation costs. The estimated cost to install a panel would be £52 plus the cost of a new inverter. For example, a good-sized system might be: 15 panels (4kW) – if facing south will generate 3,200 kWh/yr. The cost would be between £2K-2.5K to install, including the new inverter (plus any scaffolding required).
Successful applicants will be expected to:
The application process requires completion of a short form available on ECSC’s website www.edinburghsolar.coop
The closing date for applications is 3oth June 2022. Decisions will be made in late August 2022.
Enquiries and completed application forms should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org