Welcome to MORE Renewables!
We are an Industrial and Provident Society (a co-op) set up for the benefit of its members (investors). We were set up in 2011. We have 89 kWp of solar PV at Forge Bank, the Lancaster Cohousing development in Halton, and a small biomass boiler at the Women's Holiday Centre in Horton in Ribblesdale.
What are our aims?
MORE Renewables directors
Our vision is to develop a range of renewable energy installations in the Morecambe Bay area, making use of our local resources such as sun, wind, woodland and fast flowing rivers, to reduce carbon emissions, provide a return to investors and funding to help people reduce their energy use and live more sustainably.
Over the next five years we want to develop several small scale renewable energy projects, including solar, small scale wind, hydro and biomass, representing an investment of £1-3 million, to provide a reliable return to our members and secure funding to community projects which reduce energy use.
We are interested in talking to organisation who use lots of electricity in the day time, particularly during the summer, and who have unshaded south-facing roofs. We would also like to talk to farmers and other land owners who have land that could be used for wind turbines or ground-mounted solar PV.
Solar systems for Boys and Girls club
We have agreed to fund a solar PV and a solar thermal system at the Boys and Girls Club on Dallas Road, Lancaster, to provide them with electricity and hot water. The systems will be installed in January by two local Lancaster installers, the Better Roofing Company (solar PV) and Alian Energy (solar thermal).
Share interest and community benefit payments
After a successful 2014, in which output from our solar PV systems have been higher than expected, we paid 3% share interest to our members and made a community benefit payment of £1400 to LESS, as a contribution towards their Home Energy Service.
MORE Renewables chosen as a Peer Mentor
MORE Renewables is one of the organisation selected as a mentor on the Energy Mentoring scheme run by Co-operatives UK. This means that we will be able to support other groups in the North West who are wanting to do community energy. To find out more, and to apply for support please click here.
Share offer now closed
Our third share offer is now closed. It was successful in raising the £50,000 we needed to fund the extension to our PV system at Forge Bank before the closing date. Thank you to everyone who applied for shares!
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Installation now complete
Installation of the 39 kWp extension of our PV system at Forge Bank is now complete. This is taken from the cyle path on the other side of the river on 22 June.