South Brent Community Energy Fund
Surplus from the operation of the wind turbine and solar panels at the Recreation Ground are directed towards improving the energy efficieny of Brent's community buildings.
At the 2015 AGM the society adopted a Charter to guide the administration of the fund:SBCEF Charter 2015
To March 2017 the Society has awarded grants totalling £34,475, summarised below.
Church RoomsThe Church Rooms are used by a variety of village groups and organisations, so we were delighted to be able to help save energy and improve the lighting with a grant of £725 for LED strips and some re-wiring, in January 2017.
The embroidery class enjoying the improved lightining in the Church Rooms
St Petroc's Church, South BrentThe Society has granted £9250 to the South Brent PCC towards the cost of re-wiring and installing energy saving LED lighting. This is a part of a much larger Heritage Lottery (& other) funded refurbishment to re-point the tower and improve the church for everyone who uses it. By December 2016, scaffolding and temporary lighting had been installed ready for the wiring and LED installation early in 2017. In February 2017 we provided a further grant of £4000 towards replacing the ancient gas heating boilers with new, much more efficient, boilers. This should save around 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
South Brent Village HallThe Fund's second grant was to the South Brent Village Hall Committee to install a 10kW PV system on the south facing roof of the 100 year old main hall. Installed by Beco of Totnes, the system went live at 12.30pm on Friday 1st July 2016.
South Brent Village Hall, 1st July 2016.
Old School Centre PVIn December 2015 the Society awarded the South Brent Old School Community Centre a grant for the installation of 3.4kWp PV system on the roof of the School House. This is one of a number of measures the Old School Centre has made to this building to save energy, and is the first project the SBCEF has been able to support.
School House PV panels enjoying some sunshine in April 2016.
If you run a community building in South Brent and will be looking for support to make energy saving improvements in the medium to long term please write to: The Secretary, South Brent Community Energy Society, School House, Totnes Road, South Brent or e-mail ejc.chapman (at) sbces.org.uk.