GEN News

Colchester Community Solar press release.

Our new project "Colchester Community Solar Farm" is launched today - 16th April 2015.

Minutes of the 2014 AGM and Accounts.

Minutes of the 2013 AGM, Accounts.

Minutes of the 2012 AGM.

GEN coverage in the Guardian - 30th Oct 2012

Our installation at Ferrier's Barn was completed ahead of the 1st Aug 2012 FiT review but unfortunately we were not able to proceed with the Bures Primary School project.

GEN was named the best Community Energy Project 2011 at Suffolk - Greenest County awards last night.

GEN members met with Jenny Willis from Co-operatives UK to assist with the writing of a report on Community Energy. The final report has just been issued - click here to read it.

GEN was named winner of the Environmental Awareness award at the Colchester Business Awards on Friday night. Will and Simon were there to collect the award.

Our "How we did it" guide, which might be useful to other groups looking to set up a similar community energy enterprise, can be found on the FAQ page.


Nayland Primary School

Live Generation Stats - Sunny Portal

Opening Ceremony

Ferrier's Barn Day Centre

Ferriers Sunny Portal

Green Energy Nayland

Your social enterprise bringing renewable energy to the community.

Your community, Your future

Green Energy Nayland (GEN) is a community enterprise that aims to bring renewable energy to the local area. We think it is important that;

Nayland Primary School with Solar Panels
  • there is an increase in the use of renewable energy sources
  • we increase our energy independence
  • everyone be able to participate in the benefits arising from the Government Feed in Tariffs, not just those with the money to install their own system. Our minimum investment is just £250.
  • everyone in the community can take part in reducing our overall carbon footprint
Colchester Community Solar Farm
Colchester Community Solar Farm

Our most exciting and ambitious project to date was launched today.

We have the opportunity to own a section of a solar farm that is about to be build at Birch Airfield. The site has grid connection and planning permission for a total of 6.7MW of capacity but recent changes to Feed in Tariff rules limit the main developer to 5MW on this site.

We aim to raise between £500,000 and £1.5M to use as much of the spare 1.7MW as funds allow.

Please go to our Colchester Community Solar Farm page for more information and to download the prospectus for the GEN share offering associated with this project.

15th April 2015

Ferrier's Barn Day Centre
Panels at Ferriers Barn

Our second successful project was completed in August 2012 at Ferrier's Barn Day Centre, Bures. The system capacity is 9.6kWp and will provide a large proportion of the electricity needs as the barn only operates during the daytime.

Unfortunately the August review of the Feed in Tariff, in particular the reduction in the term to 20 years made it impossible to proceed with an installation at Bures Primary School.

More information can be found on the Bures Projects page.

Nayland Primary School
Nayland Primary School with Solar Panels viewed from the air

Our successful first project was completed with a formal opening ceremony on 11th May 2011. In the first year of operation we have saved an estimated £1,000 for the school while also generating an income of over £4,000 - this means we are able to pay our members a very healthy level of interest on their investment.

The installation consists of 84 panels with a peak capacity of 15.54kW; the chart below shows a summary of the generation recorded and more details can be found by following the link to Sunny Portal on the left. This shows that even on a winters day we can generate enough electricity for all the school's needs as long as the sky is relatively clear.

On a clear day day in the summer months we generated more than 100kWh, with the excess being exported to the grid to be used by surrounding houses. The chart below gives a monthly summary of our generation;

More coming soon .....

Suffolk - the Greenest County

Suffolk County Council supports GEN as part of its ambition to Create the Greenest County. This is a pioneering project which is expected to be replicated with other communities across the country.

Transition Nayland

"Local energy generation is one of the cornerstones of building local resilience. This project brings so many benefits to Nayland, for the school, the wider community and the individual investors."

What are the goals of GEN?