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Re-Energise Manor Royal

Re-Energise Manor Royal

A vision for Manor Royal where the energy supply is more sustainable, secure and locally-generated - raising the profile of the Business District, reducing our carbon footprint, and lowering the cost for businesses.

Project details

The Manor Royal BID has partnered with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council to look at how the Business District can generate and share its own secure, affordable, and low-carbon energy from renewable resources.

The project benefits from EU funding to explore the full range of challenges and opportunities to making Manor Royal a model for other business parks in the UK and Europe.

Project benefits

The aim is to increase all forms of renewable energy on Manor Royal and secure the business district's reputation for innovation in sustainable, low carbon energy generation. Businesses will benefit from cheaper, more secure, low-carbon energy supply protected against price hikes.

Feasibility work has identified a number of areas, or ‘business clusters' where suitable renewable energy technologies, including solar PV, battery storage, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems and ground source heat pumps could be installed. The project has also identified the potential for a local district heat network to share low-carbon heat energy across the Business District.

The next phase, working in partnership with the Interreg 2 Seas-funded LECSEA project, is to establish a local energy community (LEC) that will enable companies to invest in clean energy technology together and share the benefits by trading the electricity and heat they generate locally. Under LECSEA, local energy communities are also being established in Belgium, France and the Netherlands as well as the UK.

At Manor Royal, work is underway to create the governance, legal and financial arrangements needed to set up the local energy community there.

Project milestones

• July 2021 - local energy community feasibility work complete.
• December 2021 - draft business plan available for consultation with potential local energy community member companies.
• December 2021 - local energy community members sign memorandum of understanding (MOU)
• July 2022 - energy community agreements signed and local energy community established.

Study outputs and reports

Finance & Governance Options (March 2019) - a Manor Royal Local Energy Company (6Mb)
Finance & Governance Addendum (Commercial case report) (March 2019)   
Finance & Governance Workshop (Dec 2018): Presentation and Workshop output
Opportunities Study presentation (July 2018)
Strategic Opportunities Report (May 2018)

How to get involved

To help shape the future of energy on Manor Royal and benefit from low cost, renewable energy, contact the Manor Royal BID Office or Ingrid Bennett (West Sussex County Council) 03302 224 682 or

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