Glastonbury

The Glastonbury Town Deal has secured £23.6 million investment for the town, representing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver the objectives outlined in the Town Investment Plan

Glastonbury Clean Energy

Lead Organisation: Avalon Clean Energy (ACE)

Investing in renewable energy generation and EV charging. This project will be delivered in collaboration with Beckery Village businesses, community organisations and landowners.

Funding

  • Towns Fund:  £2.8m
  • Co-Funding:  £1.06m raised through a share/bond offer and paying 4% interest per annum

Outcomes

  • Clean energy available to businesses and town
  • The project supports progress to zero carbon and net profits are available to town for other projects

Key Project Themes

  • Tackle Climate Change
  • Grow the Economy

Rationale

  • Addresses the Climate Emergency declared by Mendip District and Glastonbury Town Councils.
  • Delivers clean energy to other projects in the TIP and the Town
  • Helps small businesses and households to become more sustainable.
  • Generates ongoing community income.

Project Summary

The Clean Energy project is a crucial element of Glastonbury’s transition to net zero, helping the town move closer to its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The project will see local community organisations and businesses benefit from low-cost green energy, generated through solar panels. Ground-mounted and rooftop photovoltaic panels will generate clean renewable energy all year around, saving around 1,000 tonnes of carbon every year.

Many local organisations, including other Glastonbury Town Deal projects, will be able to buy the electricity generated by the Clean Energy project, with any profits generated being invested into the local community.

In addition, people will be able to use the locally generated renewable energy to charge their electrical vehicles on-site.

An important part of tackling climate change is inspiring the next generation to take action, so local schoolchildren will be able to visit the solar farm to learn about clean energy and find out what actions they can take to help the planet.