Solar PV Programme
Due to the success of our Solar PV programme and the volume of enquiries, the programme is currently closed to further applications in 2023.
Participating in the programme will help to reduce an organisations environmental impact and meet our charitable objectives. In 2021/22 and 22/23 we funded 12 projects each year, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the recipients and make a financial impact through generation/cost savings. The programme to date has delivered:
49,558.20 kWh of renewable electricity, offsetting 16,800.22kg of carbon emissions, the equivalent of sequestration of planting circa 2477 trees.
Current programme recipients include:
- Belvoir Studio Theatre
- Action Renewables
- Aonach Mhacha
- Ardaluin Regeneration Trust
- Erne Gaels
- Transport Training Board
- Ballee and Harryville Community Enterprise
- Carrickfergus Sea Cadets
- Armagh Theatre Co. Ltd
- Watty Grahams GAC
- St.Peter’s Social Club
- Beyond the Battlefield
- Gilford Community Club
- Knock Community Association
- Moneyneena & District development initiative
- Morning Star House
- Moy GAC
- Newry Street Unite
- Ortus Properties
- Portstewart Presbyterian Church/Mens Shed
- St Johns Assembly room Church Hall
- Culmore Community Hub
- Strabane Community Project
Applications can be submitted via the online form below, and once identified, we will provide funding for small scale energy generation, initially through solar pv installations. The receivers will either own or have a long-term lease (5+ years) on their building. Action Renewables will retain full ownership of the solar system and we will cover all installation and maintenance costs. Action Renewables will invoice the customer pro-rata for electricity generated from the solar panels at a reduced cost compared to grid electricity.
We have developed selection criteria noted below. If you wish to apply you will need to have a baseload demand greater than 12kW. Action Renewables will require visibility of 12 months electricity bills or half hourly data if your property has a half hourly meter installed.
The programme is open to applications from community groups, social enterprises, amateur sports clubs and non-profit organisations.
PV Installation Criteria
All projects supported must be in Northern Ireland.
- In 2022/23 there will be maximum of 12 projects.
- Only open to the charity sector who either own or have a long-term lease on their building. Long term being defined as 5+ years.
- If the applicant is a charity it must be a registered charity in Northern Ireland.
- Applicant must satisfy a feasibility study with a baseload demand greater than 12kW.
- Agree to install a 12kW PV on target property – 3 phase commercial connection.
- Applicant must sign a rental agreement with Action Renewables.
- If your building is rented or leased, then the landlord must agree to the project. An agreement must also be signed with the landlord in the event of a change of end user or if the landlord sells the property.
- Agreement to proceed and install is at the discretion of the Management and Board of Action Renewables.
Installations will be selected on a first come/first served basis.
In these difficult times any cost savings that can be made are vital to the operation of a small charitable organisation like the Belvoir Players Amateur Dramatic Society. As you can imagine with the demands of an extensive theatrical sound and lighting system in our Studio Theatre, we use a lot of electricity to deliver our stage productions. It has been a pleasure to be able to work with Action Renewables on a solar panel installation which will produce renewable energy and make a significant potential saving in our electricity costs. This saving will assist in our ability to provide entertainment for our community and will also secure the provision of the drama education we provide for our Youth Academy and our adult members.Roger Dane, Theatre Manager with Belvoir Players
We are thrilled to have received this programme of support allowing us to generate our own renewable electricity for the Sea Cadets building. As a non-profit organisation we have been experiencing a sharp rise in operational costs from electricity usage and to have been successful in securing this funding from Action Renewables, which will help us reduce our electricity costs has been fantastic. With the winter months upon us this couldn’t have come at a better time.Nigel Thompson of Carrickfergus Sea Cadets
Transport Training Board are proud to be working alongside Action Renewables, in a true demonstration of collaborative working across Social Enterprises. The installation of 38 solar panels on the roof of our light vehicle workshop compliments TTB’s commitment to renewable energies. We jumped at the chance to partake in this Action Renewables initiative, and as the cost of electric starts to spiral out of control the installation of our system in June, could not have been better timed. The system was installed efficiently with no disruption to our working day and was rewarding us with cheaper energy from the outset, returning any surplus to the grid!Michael Strain, CEO Transport Training Board
Our team will contact you within 24 hours, Monday-Friday.
Due to the volume of interest and success of the Solar PV programme, enquiry submissions for 2023/24 are now closed.
Should you require other services such as energy audits or feasibility studies, please contact a member of our Business Energy Team.