Oldham Community Power has been created to benefit the people of Oldham borough by installing community owned renewable energy into community and council owned buildings.
The renewable energy installations will all be owned by and run by the people and voluntary and community sector based in Oldham. This is a true community energy project.
OCP will use the funds raised by renewable energy generation towards supporting local community projects, including those which support young people to gain training and employment in the environmental sector, and tackle fuel poverty.
Funds are raised through a community share issue where investors become a member of OCP and can vote on the actions of the organisation. Priority membership will be given to the residents, charities, and businesses of Oldham.
The first share offer has been completed, with six school and community buildings across Oldham receiving solar panels through August and September 2016.
The Directors are based in Oldham borough and have strong links to local communities, and individuals involved in supporting OCP come from the following organisations:-
- Saddleworth Hydro, an award-winning community energy enterprise in the borough
- Action Together, who manage grant programmes for community projects and support the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Oldham
- Athene Environmental, specialising in community engagement and education on sustainability themes around the borough
- Sharenergy, who have worked on multiple projects across the UK including ones which are now installed and generating income from community shareholders, such a Leominster Sunrise, Dingwall Wind Coop, and Woolhope Woodheat.
Up-to-date information about the activities of Oldham Community Power and details about how to get involved in the group can be found on the following links: