Good causes benefit from Dorset solar farm
Five organisations in the Wool area can enjoy a sunnier future thanks to a cash boost from renewable energy supplier Good Energy.
The organisations are the first recipients of a share of an annual £5,000 community fund made possible through the development of Good Energy’s first Dorset solar farm at Woolbridge, near Wool.
Every year, and for the next 30 years, groups and projects in the East Stoke, Wool and Bovington areas can apply for a share of a community chest fund, which will total £150,000.
The first recipients to benefit are the Friends of Wool Library which has received £1,200 to refurbish its foyer; the Wool Community Hub, which gets £1,750 towards purchasing new toys and building running costs; and Wool Pre-school, which will use £407 to buy new gazeebos. Wool and Winfrith Ladies Soccer Team receives £710 for new football strips and a new coaching course; and the Wool Carnival Committee gets £150 to fund a Boxing Day lunch for the elderly.
Hugo House, from Good Energy said: “This is the first set of grants from the community chest and it’s great to see they’re going to such good causes.
“Woolbridge is our first operational solar farm in Dorset and we are very proud to be part of this fantastic local community and able to support it in this way.”
Woolbridge Solar Farm began generating electricity a year ago.
An East Stoke and Wool Community Chest (ESWCC) group was formed to distribute the annual grant the solar farm’s development has unleashed.
Rebecca Cady of ESWCC, said: “We invited applications earlier this year and we were thrilled to see so many local groups apply.
“Now some very worthy local projects are set to benefit and we look forward to seeing their bids now come to fruition.”
As part of its investment in the community, Good Energy has also installed solar roof panels on the three local primary schools – Bovington, Wool Church of England and St Mary & St Joseph – and the D’Urberville village hall.
Applications for the next round of funds have re-opened - for an application form email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation of a cheque by Hugo House of Good Energy, Woolbridge Solar Farm Ltd near to Wool in Dorset to East Stoke and Wool Community Chest representatives Sharon Palmer (centre) and Rebecca Cady (right).
Note to editors:
- Woolbridge Solar Farm, which began generating electricity in June 2014, is Good Energy’s first operational solar farm.
- The 18,500 solar panels on the 34-acre site are capable of generating over 5,500 MWh of electricity every year - that’s enough power for around 1,300 average homes.
- More than 2000 new trees, including a variety of native species such as English oak and field maple, plus 7,000 hedgerow plants have been added to the existing mature plants at Woolbridge.
- Good Energy has also installed bird and bat boxes, a wildlife hibernaculum and a new grassland and wildflower meadow.
About Good Energy www.goodenergy.co.uk
Good Energy is a fast-growing green energy company, generating and selling 100% renewable electricity to homes and businesses across the UK, all wrapped up in great customer service. Our mission is to support change in the energy market, tackle climate change and boost energy security. Good Energy has consistently been ranked first or second in Which? energy company customer satisfaction surveys for the past four years. Good Energy invests in renewable energy including wind, solar, hydro and tidal.
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