Solar PV Installation for “Green Babies”

Solar PV Installation for “Green Babies”

Just ten months after winning £140,000 for energy saving and generating measures, a Horncastle community group is now producing its own electricity.

Local family, Antony and Helen Strawson had their solar PV panels installed on the roof of their home to produce electricity, part-funded by the British Gas Green Streets project.

Antony, who runs Stourton Forestry, has always been keen on sustainable and renewable forms of power.

He said: “As part of our business we produce biofuels from our woodland management operations and we even run one of our vehicles on vegetable oil, so solar power seemed the next step.”

Helen, who has been an active member of the Green Babies group, was impressed with how quickly and easily the panels were installed – all done in just 2 days.

She said: “We are now checking the monitor which shows us how much electricity we are generating minute by minute. It is very exciting to become a mini-power station overnight.”

The Strawsons are just one of 25 families, all with children under the age of five, to benefit from the project with measures from new boilers to loft insulation being installed, as well as the larger scale microgeneration.

Two more families are going to be having solar PV panels installed in their homes. Two community buildings in Horncastle will also soon be the proud owners of an array of panels, fully funded by the project.

Anyone wanting to find out more about generating their own electricity or heat can visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk or contact Jenny Davey by e-mailing dippyjenny@hotmail.com or calling 01507 524088.

Visits to homes with microgeneration technology installed locally could be arranged for those interested free of charge.

Transition Town Green Babies will also be featuring at the Horncastle Transition Town stall at the Horncastle Christmas lights event on Friday, December 3.

From Lincolnshire Today