Sheffield Renewables is a community and a social enterprise that develops, funds, builds, owns and operates renewable energy schemes. This means that we are run by and for local people. Any surplus money we earn is re-invested to support local sustainability. Much of our work is carried out by volunteers, which helps to reduce our costs. Read more about the organisation…

We are currently looking for sites suitable for fully funded community owned solar projects, in return we can offer a reduction on electricity price, and help organisations fulfil their long term environmental and carbon reduction commitments. For further details please visit our Community Solar page.

Latest News

  • Sheffield Renewables Response to the Consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff

    Sheffield Renewables has submitted a response to the government’s consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff, which proposes drastic cuts to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT), potentially removing them altogether. A link to the full document (23 pages!) is at the bottom of this page. Sheffield Renewables feels very strongly that the FiTs need to […]

  • Solar in Myanmar!

    Solar in Myanmar!

    One of our investors is currently travelling in Myanmar. He sent us these photos of solar panels outside very basic huts. He thinks they are used for charging mobile phones.

  • Go-ahead for tidal energy project

    Go-ahead for tidal energy project

    The MeyGen project, owned by Atlantis, is set to start producing tidal energy in 2016. It’s thought to be the largest tidal energy project in the world, generating enough energy to power 17,500 homes through a series of 269 turbines located on the sea bed at Ness of Quoys, Caithness in north-east Scotland. The Meygen […]

  • Our response to the proposed removal of pre-accreditation under the Feed-In Tariff

    Our response to the proposed removal of pre-accreditation under the Feed-In Tariff

      The government released a consultation on the proposed removal of pre-accreditation and pre-registration on the Feed-in Tariff (FiT). Schemes can pre-accredit or pre-register in order to freeze the FiT rate while developing the project. This protects the scheme from the quarterly Feed-in tariff rate reviews, which could see rates decrease if there has been […]

Our first two Solar PV schemes are now generating

  • Paces Campus community solar scheme is Sheffield Renewables’ first solar project. Commissioned in April 2014, the project has a generation capacity of 50 kW and involved installing 196 solar panels on the sports hall.
  • Swinton Fitzwilliam school hosts the second scheme, which was installed in October 2014. This scheme also has capacity of 50 kW.

The expected annual generation for each scheme is around 38,000 kWh, the equivalent to electricity used by 12 homes.  On 11th August 2015, the two schemes together reached the milestone of 100,000 kWh of electricity generated. You can view the amount of electricity produced on our Generation Data page.