Run by the sun
Run by the sun

PV solar installations are not just about a tax free income - solar power for cleaner living

Thursday 24 September 2015


This week we talked about not stalling on a PV solar installation if you want to take full advantage of the current feed-in tariff rate which could drop as much as 87% by January 2016. For some people, installing a PV solar system isn't about reducing their electricity bills or generating a tax free income. For a large proportion of our clients, installing solar is about cleaner, greener living and a more sustainable life and can go beyond a home or an office and help shape a whole community.

In a week where cleaner living and the environment came under the spotlight following the VW car emissions scandal, it felt particularly pertinent to talk about the community solar projects we get involved in.

Simon Butt, Managing Director of Run By The Sun is a director of Green Fox Community Energy, a co-operative set up by local volunteers in 2012 to facilitate community-led action for sustainable energy in Leicester and Leicestershire. Simon and the Green Fox team have completed a number of community renewable energy installations from John Cleaveland College to a new training centre for Burton Sailing Club.

Social and environmental benefits of community solar projects

There are a number of benefits that a PV solar installation on a medical centre, sports club or activity centre can bring to a local community such as,

  • Cutting carbon emissions
  • Supporting local energy developments
  • Engaging and educating local people and the wider community
  • Helping centres become energy independent

Whether it's a grid connected solar panel installation or an off-grid installation, Run By The Sun are well placed to deal with your community solar project. The end of October will mark the end of discussions to the feed-in tariff drop. After the uproar of the VW scandal, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.