The timeline gives an indication of how long it took to develop this project. Developing community owned projects brings its own challenges, especially when developed by a small volunteer led organisation. High Green Development Trust were extremely supportive throughout the process.
July 2013 – Initial contact with High Green Development Trust
July 2013 – Desktop feasibility study carried out to assess the suitability of the site
Oct 2013 – Planning application submitted
Oct 2013 – District Network Operator (DNO) application submitted
Nov 2013 – Lease agreement to ‘rent’ the roof was drawn up and agreed by both sides
Nov 2013 – DNO response with upgrade needs to the local electricity network outlined
Nov 2013 – Paces Campus Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) obtained
Nov 2013 – Application for Community Energy Status in order to freeze the FiT rate
Dec 2013 – Planning permission granted
Feb 2014 – Installation began, taking 3 weeks
May 2014 – DNO approved the installation and generation began!