Chris Rowland is stepping down from the Community Energy South board after 10 years’ service.
Chris has been involved with Community Energy South from its launch, and balanced CES responsibilities while running Ouse Valley Energy Services Company (OVESCO), itself a community energy group which most recently gained approval for a 16MW solar farm locally.
Ollie Pendered, CEO of CES said: “Chris was fundamental both to the launch of CES, and its growth up to this point. We quite simply couldn’t have done it without him – so we are sad to see him go and wish him the very best.”
“Chris originally worked with us to help set up community Energy South through the Community Energy Peer Mentoring Programme (DECC 2012) and supported 12 groups across Sussex to set up as community energy organisations through a 12 month training programme. His input and shared knowledge as an expert pioneer within the community energy sector has been a big part of the growth of the sector.”
Chris Rowland said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the community energy sector grow in the South, with the help of the OVESCO model for new groups to replicate. My focus now will be on the construction of the Ouse Valley Solar Farm and continuing to represent community energy locally.”