Community Energy

Burneside Community Energy – 430kW of solar PV at James Cropper Paper Mill

British master papermaker James Cropper has been recognised for its support of Burneside Community Energy (BCE).  The multi-award winning project, which launched in December 2015, has been praised as a sustainable eco-friendly solution, while James Cropper was commended for its commitment to green energy and the local community.

Genfit, working in partnership with BCE, installed a 430kW solar array in August 2019 to bring the total site to 680kW to generate clean, green electricity and enables residents – many of whom are also employees – in the parish local to the business’ headquarters to benefit from this outstanding investment in renewable energy.

James Cropper sustainability team, commented: “With BCE we set out to generate greener energy in a way that doesn’t compromise the special ecology or superb landscape of Burneside and Cumbria and the project also rewards the parish and its investors with ethical energy and financial benefits. It really is terrific to see that our efforts are paying off already.The scheme will create an invaluable amount of environmental and social benefit for the community, ranging from help and advice for those in fuel poverty and support for young people and the school, to provision of community services and conservation and wildlife enhancement. It’s helping to create a positive, sustainable legacy for future generations in Burneside, while reducing our dependency on fossil fuels.”

Genfit are delighted we have been shortlisted in the Large Scale PV Installation Project at The North West Energy Efficiency Awards 2020 for our contribution to this project.

 

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