Orchard Community Energy was established in 2015 by a group of experienced Kent-based professionals. Its purpose is to develop community-owned renewable energy, low carbon and energy efficiency projects in Swale and Medway.
The team concentrates on projects that reduce the impact of climate change and increase our energy security, whilst at the same time generating significant donations to the community fund. We estimate that the Orchard Farm Solar Array will provide at least £10,000 per annum in its first five years of operation for distribution to community projects in Swale and Medway. This amount will increase substantially in the later stages of the project. We project that the project will deliver a community fund of up to £3 million over 25 years. The amount donated will be subject to a members’ vote at Orchard Community Energy’s AGM.
Criteria for eligible projects supported through the community fund may include wildlife conservation, climate change mitigation and carbon reduction projects.
What makes Orchard Community Energy different from a normal commercial company?
Our constitution is in the form of Rules registered and approved by the Financial Conduct Authority which can also be viewed via our website. As a Community Benefit Society we are bound to act for the benefit of the community.