A share scheme offer aims to raise £445,000 so solar panels can be fitted on more Dorset schools and hospitals.

Dorset Community Energy (DCE) is seeking new members for a 'low risk and ethical' investment opportunity with a target of raising £445,000 by the end of July.

It wants to install 700kWp of rooftop solar panels on 10 schools and hospitals.

It already has 420kWp of solar panels successfully operating and targets paying interest at 5.5 per cent over 20 years.

DCE is a social enterprise whose purpose is to fight climate change, increase generation of renewable energy and benefit the community. DCE supports schools and hospitals by providing them with reduced price electricity and C02 reductions.

It is estimated this share offer will displace the equivalent of 343 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, save sites more than £17,000 per year through their reduced electricity bills and contribute £179,000 to a community fund over the 20-year project life.

Events are being held to explain the offer and answer questions. Events are from 7.30-8.30pm and include Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute on Tuesday, June 25 and at Blandford School on Monday, July 1.

For more information visit dorsetcommunityenergy.org.uk