directors346300Chase Community Solar Limited (CCS) is a community initiative which has had solar PV panels installed on 314 local authority-owned homes in Cannock Chase district.

The scheme:

  • Reduces carbon emissions
  • Makes electricity available to households free of charge when the solar panels are generating
  • Will distribute a proportion of its surplus for community benefit, when financial performance allows
  • Brings control of electricity generation to a more local level

When the panels are producing electricity, residents of the houses are able to use it free of charge , with any surplus being exported to the grid. CCS, which is a community benefit society (a type of mutual), owns the panels and receives income in the form of the Feed in Tariff and from the sale of the electricity to the grid.

CCS is grateful for the support and commitment of Cannock Chase District Council, who have made it possible to launch the scheme, believed currently to be the only one in the UK having community-owned solar panels on council-owned houses and run entirely by volunteers.