Power to the People
Heart of England Community Energy is a community benefit society which owns the largest community solar farm in the UK. The 15 megawatt array just outside Stratford-upon-Avon has been generating electricity from the sun since 2016. It is made up of around 60,000 solar panels!
Heart of England Community Energy is a community energy company which was set up to bring the benefits of community energy to the Heart of England region. We empower local people and organisations by enabling them to invest in, control and benefit from local renewable energy generation.
The society recycles its profits back into the Heart of England area by supporting local charities and projects with a positive social and environmental impact. We also support initiatives to tackling climate change and poverty in developing countries.
Heart of England Community Energy is an asset-locked community benefit society owned by its members, governed by local volunteer directors and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Heart of England Community Energy recycles its profits back into the Heart of England community by supporting local charities and projects with a positive social and environmental impact. Our goal to donate approximately £2.7 million to good causes over the projects’ lifetime with an intended minimum of £30,000 per year.
We currently provide funding to Harbury e-Wheels, a Warwickshire-based community transport charity, and Act On Energy to help local households struggling with fuel poverty.
We also support SolarAid, an international charity which combats poverty and climate change through providing access to solar lights in Uganda, Malawi and Zambia.
With a total installed capacity of 4.98MW, Poplars has generated a total output of 4.58GWh this financial year – this exactly meets target (enough to power just under 1,500 typical homes)