Raising roof in pursuit of power

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PLANS for Britain’s first community-owned solar power station are back on track.

The scheme for Harveys Brewery in Lewes suffered a setback last month when the government announced a reduced feed-in tariff for solar arrays.

But the project for a solar roof on the brewery’s storage depot in Daveys Lane is being vigorously pursued by Ovesco Limited.

Director Dirk Campbell said: “The Harveys warehouse roof project is definitely going ahead. We’re pulling out all the stops to make it a success – we’ve already raised more than a third of the £300,000 share capital in pledges.”

And he urged: “Come along to the launch for this unprecedented project and help make Lewes the talk of the world once again.”

The launch will be held on Tuesday, April 19, at the Assembly Room, Lewes Town Hall, from 7-9pm. Ovesco will offer a share issue to members of the community to cover the capital cost of £307,000. Investments of between £250 and £20,000 will be accepted. Visit www.ovesco.co.uk; email invest@ovesco.co.uk. Meanwhile, discussions are continuing between the company and Lewes Football Club for a solar array on the Rookery Stand at The Dripping Pan.