Friends of the Earth said news that Balcombe decided to install solar panels on village roofs was a step away from London's reliance on fossil fuels.
"People don’t need to accept risky fracking on their doorsteps," campaigner Brenda Pollack said in a statement Thursday. "It’s great to see community energy initiatives like this that enable local residents to produce their own clean and safe power."
The British government is looking to replicate the U.S. success with shale natural gas, though the program is in its infancy.
Cuadrilla in January sent a letter to village residents saying it was applying for an extension to a license for exploration in the area but found natural fractures in Balcombe's shale that may prohibit fracking.
[The Times of London]