The sun is shining on Manchester’s community projects

Three schools and a community centre in Greater Manchester are to be fitted with solar panels. Primrose Hill Primary, Irlam Primary School and Fiddlers Lane Community Primary School in Salford, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Three schools and a community centre in Greater Manchester are to be fitted with solar panels.

Primrose Hill Primary, Irlam Primary School and Fiddlers Lane Community Primary School in Salford, as well as the Fuse community centre in Partington will all have solar panels installed later this year.

They will benefit from lower electricity bills, save around 50 tonnes of carbon emissions in the first year alone and be used to educate children about the importance of renewables in the future.

A total of £186,000 was needed to fund the scheme, which was raised through a community share offer.

Any profits from excess electricity will be given back to a community fund to support other local green projects.

The project received grants from DECC’s Urban Community Energy Fund and Manchester’s Unicorn Grocery.

Ali Abbas, Director of GMCR, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us to get to this point. We were oversubscribed with share applications, which is incredible.

“If people are interested in supporting community energy then there are a number of schemes across Greater Manchester that are currently looking for investment.”