In August 2014 we launched our first project: a 32-panel, 8Kw ground-mounted solar panel array in a field next door to the village hall.

The panels provide electricity to the village hall and the village social club which is in the same building.

The installation – which cost around £18,000 – was funded through a community share offer that attracted more than 100 investors – most of them residents in the village – who bought shares prices at £20.

The money raised through the share offer also provided the ‘match funding’  which enabled us to receive a grant of £15,000 from Suffolk County Council, to pay for improved insulation and secondary double glazing in the village hall.