Site and History: Gorran was CPC’s first community owned renewable energy installation, developed in close co-ordination with the Transition St. Goran group.
Installation: 2 x Endurance E-3120 80kW wind turbines.
Partners: Community Power Cornwall and Transition St. Goran.
Outputs: Generation August 2011 – September 2018 = 2,433,894 kWh. Carbon equivalent saving = 1,134 tonnes. ∗
Other benefits: 3% of the revenue generated is provided to Transition St. Goran for other low carbon activities in the local area. Activities to date include insulation for the village hall, LED lighting in the village church, conversion of old school rooms into affordable housing, support for the local public toilets and a community woodland scheme.
BF Adventure, Halvasso
Site and History: BF Adventure is a registered charity providing activities for young people that focus on developing self-confidence, increased communication and team work skills through pursuits that challenge, motivate and inspire young people to take positive steps forward in their life and personal development.
Installation: Aircon 10S 10KW wind turbine
Partners: Community Power Cornwall and BF Adventure
Outputs: Generation March 2014 – September 2018 = 83,383 kWh. Carbon equivalent saving 33.9 tonnes.∗
Other benefits: BF Adventure receives a fixed electricity price at parity to the export value saving approximately 70% on standard electricity retail prices. These benefits will be in place for the 20 year lifetime of the project. This has dramatically reduced the charity’s current running costs and enabled them to invest in new site activities including additional bunk houses and a new adventure barn.
10kWp Solar PV – Installed December 2015
The PV installation reduces the Tracks running costs enabling more funds to be put into site development and improvement including the new Hydrotherapy Pool with Kernow Hydro, as well as enabling the Track to offer an expanded programme of youth activities.
Generation and savings December 2015 – September 2018 – 31,182 kWh , saving 11 tonnes of CO²e*
Liskeard School and Community College
Generation and savings – September 2016 – September 2018 = 59,210 kWh saving 18.9 tonnes of CO²e*
Other benefits: The School uses more than 99.9% of the clean energy generated by the PV system and benefits from a fixed price long term power purchase agreement with Community Power Cornwall. The School purchases this energy at approximately 50% of the retail energy price making significant savings on their energy bills which are reinvested back into educational provision and support for the local community.
Generation and savings -September 2016 – September 2018 = 51,839 kWh saving 16.8 tonnes of CO²e*
Other benefits: The School uses more than 82.6% of the clean energy generated by the PV system and benefits from a fixed price long term power purchase agreement with Community Power Cornwall. The School purchases this energy at approximately 50% of the retail energy price making significant savings on their energy bills which are reinvested back into educational provision and support for the local community.
St Gluvias Church Hall, Penryn
10kWp – Installed September 2016
Generation and savings – September 2016 – September 2018 = 18,675 kWh savings 6 tonnes of CO²e.
West Country Renewables
In 2018 Community Power Cornwall acquired West Country Renewables with an existing operational portfolio of Solar PV and small wind turbine sites.
Mount Hawke Skatepark, Cornwall – 49.2KW (Installed 2011) and 100KW (Installed 2015) roof mounted Solar PV systems.
Generation to September 2018 – 665,718 kWh
Scarne industrial estate, Launceston, Cornwall – 50KW roof mounted Solar PV (Installed 2011)
Generation to September 2018 – 319,001 kWh
Presingoll Farm, St.Agnes, Cornwall – 50 kW ground mount Solar PV (Installed 2012)
Generation to September 2018 – 324,309 kWh
Railway Yard, St.Agnes, Cornwall – 250KW ground mount solar PV (Installed 2015)
Generation to June 2018 – 764,465KWh
Mincombe Post Farm, Devon – 2 x 11KW Gaia wind turbines (Installed 2012)
Generation to September 2018 – 306,247
Coleridge Farm, Devon – 1 x 11KW Gaia wind turbine (Installed 2012)
Generation to June 2018 – 220,059KWh
Newlyn Fish Market
150 kWp Installed September 2018
Site and History: Since 1908, Newlyn Harbour has been home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the country and is both economically and culturally important to Cornwall, with approximately 700 vessels, 1,200 fishermen and 49 landing stations.
Newlyn Harbour is currently undergoing a transformation to provide fit-for-purpose facilities, services and expertise that support the development and sustainability of the fishing industry, as well as the livelihoods of our hardworking fishermen and all those who make Newlyn their home.
The new fish market building is a £1.3M refurbishment project, part-funded by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund and will help to deliver a spectrum of modern services, including a fully refrigerated and competitive selling platform, all now to be powered by a clean, green energy supply provided by Community Power Cornwall.
Installation: 150 kW on roof solar PV system
Partners: Community Power Cornwall and Newlyn Harbour Authority
Outputs: Generation September 2018 – March 2019 = 27,784 kWh. Carbon equivalent saving = 7.9 tonnes. ∗
Other benefits: Newlyn Harbour receives a fixed electricity price for the green energy it consumes from the Solar PV system at a price currently 27% less than their standard electricity tariff. These benefits will be in place for the 20 year lifetime of the project. This will dramatically reduce the running costs for the new facility enabling reinvestment in further Harbour improvement activities whilst increasing their future resilience and sustainability.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
50kWp and 17kWp installed March 2019
Site and history:
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is set in the beautiful coastal parish of St Levan on the Land’s End peninsular. The Telegraph Museum holds a designated collection of objects including the only complete working telegraph station left in the world. Visitors can explore: Eastern House, home to the World’s biggest telegraph station from the turn of the 20th Century; the Grade II listed Cable House where the global network of cables came ashore; and the secret World War Two tunnels, built to protect Britain’s vital communications hub from attack.
The museum is managed by the Portcurno collections trust (registered charity no.1062233) that have held a long term ambition to increase the sustainability of the museum through the reduction of energy costs whilst significantly decreasing their impact on the environment.
At the end of 2018 both planning and listed buildings consent were secured for a 50 KW and 17 kW PV scheme at Eastern House and the Wilshaw Building respectively. Community Power Cornwall provided the capital for the scheme whilst the museum benefits from a long term, low cost clean energy supply with all economic, environmental and social benefits of the scheme being retained in Cornwall. Without any capital outlay the museum is expected to save over £3,000/yr which will be reinvested in their charitable activities whilst saving over 18t CO2e/yr.
Installation: 50 kW & 17 kW on roof solar PV system
Partners: Community Power Cornwall and Portcurno Collections Trust
Other benefits: The museum and records centre receive a fixed electricity price for the green energy they consume from the Solar PV systems at a price currently 36% less than their standard electricity tariff. These benefits will be in place for the 20 year lifetime of the project. This will dramatically reduce the running costs for the buildings, enabling reinvestment in educational and environmental programmes, whilst increasing the future resilience and sustainability of this treasured heritage asset.