Although most of the funds raised have come from local residents, the Kelsale-cum-Carlton parish council, the village hall management committee and the social club have all joined as corporate members, as has Greenersax, the local transition town initiative.
We’re not allowed to receive grants from public funds for the installation itself, as this would jeopardise our ability to claim Feed-in Tariffs. However we have had a generous grant from Suffolk County Council to improve insulation in our Grade II listed village hall, install secondary double glazing and storage heaters – all of which will maximise the benefit we receive from the electricity we generate. We’ve also had a grant from Suffolk Coastal District Council to help with the costs of registering and establishing the co-op itself.
We’ve also had great support from our supplier – a local firm, East Green Energy.