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Free solar panel support for Winchester community organisations

Community organisations in the Winchester district will be able to get free advice and guidance around upgrading their facilities with solar panels thanks to a new scheme from Winchester City Council in partnership with local climate charity Winchester Action on the Climate Crisis (WinACC).

The council’s Community Solar Support Scheme, funded by the UK government via its UK Shared Prosperity Fund, will provide community organisations with an easy, hassle-free route to installing solar panels on community buildings.

Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall
Picture of Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall, which received support from the council to raise funding and install solar panels

This scheme, which is part of the local authority’s Carbon Neutrality Action Plan, will not only help organisations reduce their carbon footprint, it will help reduce running costs too. 

Through the initiative, community organisations can benefit from WinACC’s support from start to finish - from finding suitable locations and reputable installers, obtaining necessary permissions and identifying funding sources, through to the installation itself. 

Organisations can get involved by emailing solar@winacc.org.uk.

Winchester City Council Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency Cllr Kelsie Learney said:

“We’re really pleased to be working with WinACC on this scheme – we know that community organisations are keen to both reduce their running costs and their carbon footprint and, through this scheme, we are able to offer a simple, supportive approach to make more buildings greener, faster.

“Feedback has told us that people feel unsure about who to approach for installation as well as where they can find funding, so I am particularly pleased that we can offer support to people from the start of the process right up to finish.”

Stuart Mills, Climate Officer for WinACC, said:

“We know that many people see solar panels on buildings as a good response to the climate crisis, and they also save money on energy bills. This project means we can support community organisations across the Winchester district install solar panels. By working together we can help make the process as easy as possible. 

 “Our ambition is to see Winchester district generate all the electricity it needs locally, so we are no longer dependent on harmful fossil fuels that are causing the climate crisis. This project brings us one step closer to achieving this.”

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