solar project completed in Highbridge despite funding setback
£8,000 project to power Highbridge Community Hall from solar
energy has been completed despite its council funding bid being
group that operates the Market Street building has installed sixteen
solar panels on its roof to cut its energy bills and lower running
centre has had to dip into its own cash reserves and undertake
extra fundraising to complete the scheme.
group had hoped to receive thousands of pounds of grant funding
for the project from local councils, however, the grant funding
rules changed last year and public buildings can no longer receive
cash from local authorities for projects where 'feedback tariffs'
could enable them to make a profit in the future.
Community Hall Chairman Rosemary Parsons told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Unfortunately, we were just too late for the grant funding
before the changes started, which was disappointing."
we've gone ahead with the scheme anyway by fundraising and are
pleased that the panels have already started generating power
for the hall."
project will help us to keep costs down and pass on the savings
to the hall's users."
charitable organisation Communities First in Highbridge awarded
£1,700 towards the project.