Heartlands Cornwall

Heartlands community regeneration Solar PV project


The Renewable Energy Co-operative (R-ECO) has become part of a ground breaking community project based in the heart of Cornwall. The 33 Million pound big lottery funded project, named "Heartlands" regenerated a dilapidated mining area in Pool Cornwall into a "cultural playground" for the local community and visitors. The Heartlands boasts business units, performance and events spaces, community facilities, a museum, local produce café and restaurant and residential accommodation and are striving to create a carbon neutral environment through the contribution of R-ECO's BIPV (Buildings Integrated Photovoltaic).
Heartlands now boast a 65 KW BIPV system thanks to R-ECO which will produce 1.4 million KW in its 25 year lifespan.
Abe Cambridge, R-ECO's technical director at the time, said "Heartlands is a one-of-a-kind, amazingly innovative and ground breaking project. We are witnessing the transformation of an iconic bygone era without the loss of its integrity and replacing it with a new sustainable environment from a both social and technological point of view."
The Heartlands project is another addition to R-ECO's growing number of community based projects which the company are passionate about.
A boost from Co-operative & Community Finance used as working capital enabled R-ECO to take on more work and larger scale projects like that of the heartlands as the Co-operatively run company expands despite a downturn in the photovolatic market due to a reduction in government feed-in-tariffs. The company currently employs 20 people and has recently expanded from a Cornwall based company and opened an office in Oxfordshire in order to target wider areas. Currently R-ECO complete community, residential and business photovoltaic installations but are diversifying into solar thermal, wind turbines and biomass boilers by the end of this year in addition to offering domestic energy assessments.