Just two months after launching a £20 million investment package for community buildings in Cornwall, Community Energy Plus has now announced it will extend its offer.

The original package saw Community Energy Plus offering free solar photovoltaic (PV) installations for community buildings in Cornwall. The sustainable energy charity has now extended this to include businesses and non-commercial organisations in Devon and Cornwall.

Buildings taking up the offer will be able to take advantage of free electricity generated by the systems ranging in size from 2kW to 50kW as well as receiving an income from any unused electricity exported to the National Grid.

Neil Farrington, Sustainable Energy Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus said: “We want to ensure that as many local communities as possible take advantage of the feed in tariff while it exists. While we initially focussed the scheme on community buildings in Cornwall, the demand and finance available has given us the opportunity to expand the scheme into a wider area and to a more inclusive range of buildings.”  

Eligible buildings could save up to £7,000 a year on their electricity bills by using all of the energy as it is generated, or receive an income of up to £2,400 a year for exporting all of the electricity produced to the National Grid.

The lease contracts with the installers will be for a fixed term of 25 years, with ownership of the equipment passing to the building at the end of the contract – after which the technology is expected to still be 80% efficient.