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Sheiling Trust Community Solar Project

We were approached by the Sheiling Trust Communities from East Devon to conduct a feasibility study for possible sites for solar energy technology in March 2004. The Sheiling Trust are part of the Association of Camphill Communities , which work to create communities in which vulnerable children and adults with learning disabilities can live, learn and work with others in healthy social relationships based on mutual care and respect.

Inspired by our previous work with Newton Dee Camphill Community in Scotland, where we installed solar thermal and wind techonology, the Trust aim to reduce their Greenhouse Gas Emissions and environmental footprint.

From the feasibility study, the communities chose 3 PV and 2 solar thermal installations, which will replace a total of 5.2 t of CO2 annually. The PV systems consist of a 4.76 kWp system each on a community family house and the Waldorf School and a 4.59 kWp on a food-processing workshop. The systems comprise of BP Saturn panels and Fronius inverters. The solar thermal systems will be located on a community retreat on the Isle of Wight and the community family house that also has PV. Both systems will use Kolben evacuated tube systems.

As project managers on behalf of the community, we have now raised 50% of funding for the PV installations and are awaiting news from other match funding.

Photograph shows proposed site for installation of solar thermal panels.

Case Study - Case Study Sheiling Trust Community.pdf (880.23Kb)