A co-operative set up to provide affordable, renewable energy projects in and around Market Harborough has completed its second solar installation, just weeks after completing its first project.

Harborough Energy has overseen the installation of 10.4kW solar panels on the roofs above Archway Health Hub, a natural health centre on Lubenham Hill. The installation is part of the Harborough Solar One (HS1) scheme which shareholders invested in during 2015.

With both planned installations complete, the organisation is now actively seeking further partners interested in having the rooftop of their buildings used in the next wave of the project.

Participants will benefit from lower energy costs whilst the community investors in the project are estimated to receive an annual return of 5%. Any surplus income from the project will go towards supporting vulnerable households to make their homes easy to keep warm.

Alec Welton, owner and practitioner at Archway Health Hub comments “We have been investigating solar panels for a while now and the Harborough Energy proposal made total sense to us. We do as much as we can as a business to reduce our carbon footprint so being able to use our roof space to generate clean energy is great news for us.”

“The project is working very well so far,” comments Denise Marsdon from Harborough Energy. “We welcome conversations with local schools, landowners and landlords who are interested in helping us to generate revenue from their unused roof space and enjoy cheaper energy costs themselves.”

HS1 has been organised by Harborough Energy with support from volunteers and Sustainable Harborough. The first solar panel project was for Woodnewton Academy in Corby which took place last month.

Denise adds: “We would still like to hear from anybody who is interested in hosting solar panels – either now or in the future.” For more information, email Denise at info@harboroughenergy.co.uk