The Generating Success team has supported community renewable energy ‘Trailblazer’ projects to install community renewable energy.

Generating Success is a collaboration between GMCVO’s Community Hubs team, MERCi and the Carbon Co-op, providing capacity building, project development, technical and enterprise support to community renewable energy projects.

Our four Trailblazer projects are:

Mellor case study image thumbMellor Country House, Stockport
kW of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels were installed by A Thomas Plumbing and Heating in July 2013 and so far they’ve generated 70kWh (August 2013). The house provides a supportive and relaxed atmosphere for people who face financial
disadvantage or deprivation, to enjoy a holiday or short break. Read more…

Ellenroad case study imageEllenroad Engine House, Rochdale
Planning permission and schedule monument consent were obtained in July to install a 198kW biomass boiler and heating system. The scheme aims to increase the
internal temperature of the building to avoid condensation which damages the steam mill engine and engine house. Read more…

Millgate image thumbMillgate Arts Centre, Oldham
Millgate Arts Centre is based in the village of Delph in Saddleworth. 3.98kW of solar PV panels were installed in December 2012 by Apollo. By August 2013 the panels generated 3,900kWh of electricity, so helping to make the arts centre and
community library more sustainable. Read more…

Mossbrook growers image thumbMoss Brook Growers, Wigan
After lengthy negotiations, work started in August 2013 to get Moss Brook
connected to the grid. The three-phase electricity supply will enable Mitre to install 19.6kW of solar PV panels on the barn roof to run the irrigation pump for the organic produce. Read more…

Other activities
The Generating Success team has hosted events and workshops to share the learning and we
intend to cascade the learning and sustain the initiative beyond the period of project funding,
particularly to urban areas of Greater Manchester.

Generating Success also provided 6-months mentoring support to four supply chain

Greater Manchester TreeStation Ltd
Biomass Energy Co-operative
Mitre Solar Technologies

Building on Generating Success in 2014
Towards the end of the project we have also been looking at how to sustain the work and move into a new phase, that would support a much wider range of organisations install  renewal energy
generation. To find out more see our CERP page.