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Harborough Solar One – PROJECTS



Harborough Solar’s first project shows how everyone can benefit from community owned solar schemes. It is now providing an income to investors, the building owners on which the panels are installed and the wider community who will benefit from a 20 year fund to help fight fuel poverty. This first project was launched in October 2015 and was put together by Harborough Energy (as a Community Benefit Society under these rules).

The original proposal was based around two sites in the town: the Robert Smyth Academy on Burnmill Road and Archway House Natural Health Centre on Lubenham Hill (as detailed in our first share offer document). We raised the required capital but Robert Smyth were unable to proceed, so we had to put the installation on hold (the interim statement to investors around this is here).

Fortunately, we were able to retain most of our community investors and found an alternative project based around Woodnewton Academy and Archway House.  This new plan was evaluated, agreed with our investors and 68kW of solar power was installed successfully in August 2016, as described in this news article.


Harborough Solar’s latest project is a ground-mount photovoltaic solar array located at NBJ London Limited Airfield Park Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire.

The installation was completed in December 2018 (shortly after this news article).

Harborough Solar own the solar PV array and have a 20 year licence with NBJ.  We will maintain the solar system and provide NBJ with electricity at reduced cost through a Power Purchase Agreement with us.

NBJ specialise in the manufacture of high quality bespoke joinery and cabinetry for residential and commercial projects.

You can find out more about the project and how we secured the £100,000 community investment via our Share Offer website.



The presentations and graphics below summarise our projects and allow you to see how we monitor their performance and the clean energy they produce.

Project 1 (Woodnewton & Archway) – as at AUG18

In this presentation, you can view graphs (to date and for the previous 6 months) of the clean energy produced and CO2 saved (since installation in AUG16):

Harborough Solar One – Solar PV Graphs AUG18 (pdf)




Project 1 (Woodnewton & Archway) – as at AUG18

This is a summary table showing the clean energy produced yearly by each location (since installation in AUG16) – as discussed at the November 2018 Annual General Meeting and included in the presentation slides:

Harborough Solar One AGM 2018 Presentation (pdf)




Project 2 (NBJ) – as at JAN19

It is very early days but you can see already in this graph, the clean energy being produced at our newest site (since installation in DEC18):

Harborough Solar One – NBJ Output 09JAN19






Note: The daily variations of output are due to the daily sunshine, which is very variable in the UK. Very occasionally the equipment can fail and there may be zero output, in which case monitoring supervision is alerted for rapid repair.

If you have any questions about this project or would like to discuss other projects you can email us via: [email protected]