SCE has been awarded our third Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) government grant (administered by WRAP), to carry out feasibility work on solar PV on schools. Thomas Burnett, Wessex Energy Solutions, is contracted to do the work between August and November this year, and SCE (Alison Craig) manages the project.

Last year (2017) we were awarded two RCEF grants and appointed two consultants to carry out feasibility studies. Jamie Green, Climate Integrated Solutions did our first solar PV feasibility study from July to October 2017. Keith Wheaton-Green did our hydropower feasibility study, from August 2017 to July 2018. Our consultants carried out site visits, conceptual design and financial modelling, and have produced reports with recommendations to the Board.

At this point we cannot disclose any specific information on the technologies or sites under consideration. Please join our mailing list if you would like to stay informed of future developments.

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

RCEF is a £15 million programme, delivered by WRAP and jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. For more information on RCEF, visit