Woodley Town Council is working with Reading Community Energy Society (RCES) to install solar panels on Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Coronation Hall and the Oakwood Centre.
This partnership will provide solar panel installations at no cost to the Council, and lower cost daytime electricity at a rate – fixed for the duration of the 20-year contract. The Council will make savings each year as prices in the energy market rise while generating ‘green energy’.
RCES is a community-owned social enterprise that already operates 12 PV (photovoltaic) systems in and around the Reading area.
Surplus income from the sale of green energy is used to provide grants for sustainability projects in the local community.
RCES raises funds for the installations through a public share offer. This will give residents of Reading the opportunity to become members of the Society and invest in the projects.
A panel inside Woodford Park Leisure Centre’s reception will be shortly installed, which will display how much energy is being generated and saved.