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Sharenergy are pleased that a number of the community groups they have been supporting in and around Manchester have completed their solar panel installations in time to meet the Feed in Tariff deadlines.

Greater Manchester Community Renewables has raised £186,000 through a community share offer, funding the installation of solar panels at three schools in Salford, (Irlam Primary School, Fiddlers Lane Primary School and Primrose Hill Primary School) and a community hub in Trafford (The Fuse, Partington).

GMCR projects that overall it will save 50 tonnes carbon dioxide in the first year of operation and over 20 years, provide combined energy bill savings of almost £50,000 to the sites, plus generate a total Community Fund of over £50,000 to be used in the areas around the sites for future eco-friendly initiatives.

Oldham Community Power working closely with Renewable Energy 4 Business and Oldham Council, have installed solar panels on four primary schools and one community building in the Borough. Installations took place in August / September, with projects totalling £220,000. A fifth site is due to go up in early December on Blackshaw Primary School.

OCP one of the first community projects who have been able to install at the new Feed in Tariff levels; currently funded by a loan from Oldham Borough Council, they will be launching a Share Offer soon to ensure the project stays in community ownership.