British Gas Solar, the solar-focused arm of Centrica’s distributed generation business, is to continue work on the Energise Barnsley solar PV scheme after a new bond offer launched to finance the project. The bond offer aims to raise around £1.2 million to finance the deployment of 2MW of rooftop solar to be fitted across council-owned buildings and housing, offering returns of around 5% for would-be investors. Local housing, sheltered accommodation, schools and other community buildings in Barnsley will receive solar PV systems, which will be designed and installed by British Gas Solar. British Gas Solar runs the scheme jointly alongside Energise Barnsley and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, and the project has already installed solar on more than 320 council homes. The council was forced to suspend deployment under the programme in February this year after the feed-in tariff cuts rendered future installations uneconomical, however the bond offer would help deployment to resume. Energise Barnsley is also set to launch a battery storage trial to test the technology’s impact on solar economics.