Solar Community

Forest of Dean District Council to host solar community event at Oxenhall Parish Hall

Members of Forest of Dean District Council and partners from the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol will host a community drop-in event at Oxenhall Parish Hall on Thursday 1st December between 3pm-7pm to discuss community owned solar projects, as well as providing wider information on energy usage and saving.

Deputy Leader of Forest of Dean District Council and Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, Cllr Paul Hiett said:

“This is the second Forest Energy Community drop-in event that we’re hosting and it was fantastic to see that so many people attended and indicated their interest in the project at the first event.

“The drop-in event will discuss the community owned solar energy projects we have ongoing at the school and leisure centre in Lydney, as well as helping people to find out how they can get involved in the initiative and help take this to the next level.

“The drop-in events that we are hosting are the first stage of this community project and we’re excited to see where this may lead in terms of future community solar projects across the district. 

“I’d like to thank all of the staff who have been involved so far and look forward to making a real difference in reducing carbon in the Forest.”

Last year, Forest of Dean District Council was successful in securing funding as part of the AURORA Project to support community decarbonisation and to set-up the Forest Energy Community Initiative. 

This will see members of the Council and partners at CSE work directly with communities to reduce their carbon emissions and to establish a community solar scheme through a community energy initiative.

The Forest Energy Community Initiative drop-in event will take place on Thursday 1st December between 3pm-7pm at Oxenhall Parish Hall, Oxenhall, GL18 1RH.

Residents and interested groups who would like to sign up for further updates as the project develops can do so at:

The Forest Energy Community Initiative website can be found here:

Further information on the AURORA Project can be found here:

Contact Information

Forest of Dean Communications Team

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Notes to editors

The Aurora project is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme which supports research and innovation. The goal of this EU funded programme is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. As a research and innovation based programme it is possible for organisations from the UK to be partners.