Exposed: The shadowy cabal benefiting from green subsidies

2015 saw the government scrapping essential subsidies and tax relief for green energy in the UK. Their reasons being these were 'out of control subsidies', 'pushing up bills for hardworking families' and what David Cameron once called 'green crap'. 

But you might not have heard much about where this money actually goes, and what we'd lose if it wasn't there. So let's take a minute to meet the people and projects they're actually talking about.

 

Pendock Primary school

PE with solar panels.

PE with solar panels.

Pendock's 43 pupils ran through mud and sang Christmas carols in the rain to raise money for solar panels on their school. On a sunny afternoon, classrooms now run on 100% renewable power.

 

Perranporth School swimming pool

This group in Cornwall want to cut costs for their local pool and make it sustainable, so they're crowdfunding for a solar heating system. The new system will help them bring down the price of swimming lessons – a great way to get more girls involved in sport.

 

Moss Community Energy

The Barton Moss team made these solar panels and donated them to local allotments

The Barton Moss team made these solar panels and donated them to local allotments

After Barton Moss was targeted for fracking, these local residents are now working around families and full-time jobs to get their community-owned wind and solar project up and running.

 

Hackney Energy apprentices

The Hackney Energy co-op is installing solar panels on the Bannister House tower block, and running an internship programme for local residents. The 15 interns get hands-on experience of energy efficiency and solar power, helping them towards careers in the field.

 

Grange Farm

Even in the snow the panels were still generating electricity

Even in the snow the panels were still generating electricity

This is Chris Jarvis of Grange Farm, in Sussex. They're hosting Repower Balcombe's first solar panels on their cow shed, providing cut price power to the farm shop.

 

St Luke's School

Pupils at St Luke's school

Pupils at St Luke's school

After raising £13,000 for their solar panels, St Luke's pupils hosted a delegation from the Chilean government, who wanted to learn about their solar project and do something similar in Chile.