Gower Power logo 2020Local renewable energy company Gower Power announces funding for four local community projects through green electricity sales.

Gower Power Co-op CIC has got 2020 off to an exciting start, with the award of four generous grants to local community projects.

Profits from the sale of electricity produced at Brynwhilach solar farm have enabled Gower Power to make grants to local projects assessed as meeting some key criteria: supporting access to healthy food and improving biodiversity, and tackling health inequalities.

Down to Earth, Gower-based sustainable construction company, receives £5,000 towards its “Build Me Up” project, working with hard to reach adults to improve health and confidence whilst gaining accredited skills for use in the construction industry. 

Gower Power solar farm feb 2020Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture scheme, receives £2,500. This will allow the expansion of its Sustainable Schools programme, working with primary schools in deprived areas of Swansea to provide outdoor learning experiences, growing skills and increased understanding of food miles, packaging and the importance of sustainable approaches to food production.

£1,250 each will go to the volunteer-run Clydach Community Garden, where a new fruit area will supply produce for participants and the local food bank, and to Pontarddulais Partnership’s Free Food project, which provides cooking-on-a-budget sessions and benefit support.

Gower Power says it’s proud to be putting money into projects that will make a real difference.

“We know that the construction industry, the food industry, the economy and the way our communities function all really need to change if we’re going to navigate climate crisis,” says Director John Whiten.

Local people who sign up to buy electricity from us and our investors want to know we’re doing all we can on these issues. So it makes complete sense for the profits from our electricity sales to support projects making a practical difference here in Swansea.

Gower Power is currently inviting people living in Swansea and local businesses to register their interest in purchasing 100% green electricity.  The Welsh Government backed partnership with Bristol Energy will enable 300 local households to switch energy supply and receive affordable clean electricity generated here in Swansea (Click here for a short explainer animation).

The Brynwhilach solar farm itself will soon be subject to a community share offer.  Gower Power has previously run share offers for Swansea Community Energy Enterprise (SCEES), which saw solar panels fitted to schools and community buildings throughout Swansea, and Gower Regeneration, whose solar farm in Dunvant became the first community-owned solar farm in Wales when over 400 people purchased £900k of shares. 

“These are the ways in which we generate funds that can be used for great local projects,” explains John. “Anyone who believes in what we’re doing and wants to support fantastic community schemes as well as tackle the climate crisis is more than welcome to sign up for our green energy offer or invest in our projects.”

For more information visit: www.gowerpower.coop