News release: Help St John’s Sunshine generate more community energy in Old Trafford

St John’s Sunshine, a community solar co-op based in Old Trafford, is asking people in Old Trafford, and beyond, to help them generate more community energy by supporting their project in the national M&S Energy Community Energy Fund vote.

St John’s Sunshine has been successfully shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.   Over 240 projects applied to the competition and the company has shortlisted 136 projects for a number of £12,500 regional grants and two national grants worth up to £40,000. (1)

M&S Energy is now inviting members of the public to decide which of the projects most deserves funding and St John’s Sunshine is asking people to vote for their project for more solar PV panels to help create a ‘solar kitchen’ in the St John’s Centre.

People can vote for St John’s Sunshine on the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund website until 30th September. To vote for the St John’s Sunshine project go to

Rev John Hughes, one of the St John’s Sunshine directors, said “This is a great opportunity for the local community to help us generate even more community energy.  As well as solar power we also need people power!”

St John’s Sunshine – the story so far: In February 2012, we successfully raised funds via a community share issue to install 3.75kw of solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) panels on the roof of St John’s Church and a display monitor in the St John’s Centre. In February 2015, St Johns Sunshine successfully raised the funds to install another 6kw of solar panels. The funds generated from the renewable enerrgy are used to support local community groups. So far we have distributed Sunshine Grants of over £1800. (3)

St John’s Sunshine will also be organising events during Community Energy Fortnight to promote renewable community energy. (4)


Contact for comments: Pete Abel, St John’s Sunshine director. Mobile: 07951 642858.  Email:

Notes for editors

2)  See M&S Energy Community Energy Fund website:
3)   St John’s Sunshine is an Society for the Benefit of the Community, owned and run by its members for the benefit of local people and communities. It has 6 core objectives:

  • To generate low carbon energy.
  • To distribute grants and aid to people primarily within Old Trafford that benefit the community or the environment.
  • To act responsibly and in a way that balances the benefits to society, the environment and the local economy.
  • To explore means that reduce our environmental impacts and encourage others to do so.
  • To encourage the local community to engage with issues that reflect society, the environment and economic matters in a balanced way.
  • To provide the people of Old Trafford and beyond an opportunity to invest in options that fulfill the above.

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4) Community Energy Fortnight (5th – 20th September).  See

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