Published: February 27, 2012
£11,000 solar power project completed at East Brent Village Hall

An £11,000 project to introduce solar panels on the roof of East Brent Village Hall has been completed.

Sixteen photo-voltaic panels have been installed on the south-facing roof of the village hall, as pictured here, following grants from a number of organisations.

The system is expected to save hundreds of pounds in electricity bills at the hall and generate some £1,600 of electricity which will be sold to the National Grid through a feed-in tariff.

Hugh Mackay, Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The project, which has cost £11,000, will considerably reduce our electricity costs overall and enable us to keep any increase in our hire charges to a minimum, as well as reducing the hall's carbon footprint by some 1,700 kg of CO2 per annum."

The work was carried out by an East Brent firm and was funded through grants received from the Big Lottery Fund 'Awards for All' (£7,000); Broadview Energy (£2,000); Sedgemoor District Council (£400); and East Brent Parish Council (£400), as well as from the Village Hall Committee's own reserves.

Hugh added: "The Committee are extremely grateful to these grant providers, without whom we would not be able to make this significant improvement to the Village Hall."

Burnham-On-Sea.com recently reported here how campaigners from the local pressure group No Pilrow - who are against Broadview's proposals to build a wind farm at nearby Rooksbridge - recently urged the hall committee to return Broadview's donation.


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