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Green Wedmore aims for boost in £13k village hall solar power campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 September 2017

Green Wedmore members, who are fundraising for solar equipment to be installed on the roof of Wedmore Village Hall.

Green Wedmore members, who are fundraising for solar equipment to be installed on the roof of Wedmore Village Hall.


A Wedmore sustainability group is aiming to raise thousands of pounds to install solar power equipment on the village hall roof.

Green Wedmore wants to raise around £13,000 to install a 4kw solar photovoltaic (PV) array to the roof of the village hall in Cheddar Road by the end of the year.

The group says the array will save the village hall committee more than £400 each year, while it will cut the village’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,800kg.

Steve Mewes, chairman of Green Wedmore, said: “It will produce a lot of renewable energy for decades to come, lowering the carbon footprint of this vital community building while saving thousands of pounds in energy costs for the hall.

“It will also provide, through the Tesla battery in the hall, a valuable educational resource showing the many hundreds of people who use the hall every year what can be done to save money and move towards a renewable future.”

The group could also receive up to £4,000 towards the project after being shortlisted for the M&S Energy awards, a scheme which supports renewable energy projects across the UK.

It is up against six other projects in the West of England, including Nailsea School’s campaign to install lighting sensors and upgrade to LED bulbs and Filton Community Centre’s appeal for a battery storage system.

Mr Mewes added: “This is another step in Wedmore’s journey towards a more renewable and importantly lower energy cost future, but we need your votes to make it happen.

“The panels will be on the back of the hall, out of sight from the road, discrete, efficient and maintenance free.

“A vote for Wedmore is a vote for a better and low carbon future.”

Voters can also pledge money towards a £1,000 target, with each donor receiving a different award from Green Wedmore depending on the amount given.

Rewards include a copy of the group’s Is It Local cookbook, a wildflower walk with local botanist Liz McDonnell and a tour around a self-built straw bale house.

Click here to vote for Green Wedmore.

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