Chris Rowland is CEO of OVESCO (Ouse Valley Energy Services Co CIC), which was set up in 2007 to work with Lewes District Council to deliver microgeneration grants. OVESCO was one of the first community energy groups in the UK to use the Feed-in Tariff to back a community share offer with a 98kW roof top solar PV system at Harveys Depot in Lewes. In 2014 OVESCO won an Ashden Award for their work as the vanguard of community energy. Since then OVESCO has installed community solar at a further 14 sites in Sussex, mostly benefiting local schools. In 2015 as a director of Meadow Blue Community Energy, Chris helped raise over £1.2 million of community investment in a 5MW solar farm near Chichester. Chris is currently; a director of Community Energy South, work on CommuniHeat to switch an off gas community to electric heating and working on a 16MW solar farm for the Lewes District.