Joju Solar Community Winner Announced

Environment action group, Low Carbon East Oxford, and mental health charity, Restore, have jointly won a 4kWp solar installation given away by Joju Solar as part of its fifth birthday celebrations.

The winning entry has seen a 4kWp installed on a building belonging to Restore, an Oxfordshire charity that supports people with mental health issues to do the things that they want to do.  The installation will see Restore’s electricity bills significantly reduced (by an estimated £350 every year) playing an important part in keeping their bills low and contributing to their wider sustainability objectives.

But the innovative joint entry means that Low Carbon East Oxford, will receive the Feed-in Tariff providing it with a healthy additional source of income for the next 25 years.  As the installation was carried out in time to achieve the higher 43p rate the community group can expect  to receive about £1,500 every year.  That money will directly go to support other exciting local carbon reduction schemes, in particular, the Landlord Energy Saving Scheme which will encourage local landlords to make their properties more energy efficient.

At the end of last year Joju Solar launched the competition for community groups to win a completely free solar installation.   The competition was judged by leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director, Forum for the Future and previous Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission.

Awarding the prize Jonathon Porritt said:

“My heartfelt congratulations to Low Carbon East Oxford and Restore– a fantastic winning entry that saw off some very impressive competition.

But congratulations are also due to Joju Solar for deciding to celebrate its fifth anniversary in this creative (and generous!) way.  Given all the confusion in the PV sector at the moment, on account of the Government’s stop-start incoherence, it’s just great to see a company like Joju not just succeeding in its own terms, but wherever possible, supporting the sector as a whole”.

Joju Solar’s Technical Director, Dr Chris Jardine said

“We are passionate about our work with community groups as they are inspirational in helping households towards a lower carbon future.  When we reached our 5th birthday, giving away a solar system to a creative community group, that might not have the capital to invest in a solar system of their own, seemed a natural thing to do.  Low Carbon East Oxford and Restore were worthy winners from a lot of very high calibre entries.”

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