Supporting community business
In South East England
Nearly 200 community businesses have received investment from Power to Change since 2015, a significant number of which are community pubs and cafés. These community businesses are providing better access to services, growing greater community cohesion, and improving health and welbeing in their neighbourhoods. Among them is The Bevy, the UK’s first community-owned pub on a housing estate.
The region is home to a number of community energy businesses that are working on bringing solar farms into community ownership, delivering against local needs and priorities.
Orchard Farm Solar Array in north Kent has been up and running since 2016. It is owned by a local non-profit group, Orchard Community Energy, with profits going to support community projects in Swale and Medway. Now there is a great opportunity to bring another solar farm next door into full community ownership through new group Kent Community Energy.
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