Good Energy funds Coombe community hall boiler

A solar farm has brought some much-needed winter warmth to the heart of a Cornish community by funding a new boiler for its 100-year-old village hall.

The Community Hall at Coombe near St Austell was awarded a £4,000 grant to pay for a more efficient and reliable replacement boiler.

The grant came from the community fund linked to Carloggas Solar Farm, owned and operated by green energy company Good Energy.

James Ryle, Communities Manager at Good Energy said, “We think it’s important that local communities can share in the rewards of renewable energy projects so we’re delighted to be supporting this project that will benefit people across the entire local community.”

Jean Parsons, Secretary at Coombe Community Hall said “The Hall is a significant part of village life. Lots of community groups rely on being able to use the space and hiring out the Hall helps cover maintenance costs.

“If the boiler had broken down we’d have had to stop taking bookings and lost a lot on income as a result.

“We’re delighted that Good Energy has been able to help us replace the old boiler and allow us to continue our activities in our – now warm – Hall!”   

Good Energy, which provides 100% renewable electricity and green gas to homes and businesses all over the UK, will contribute at least £8,300 per year to the community fund for the 30 year lifetime of the solar farm.

St. Stephen in Brannel Parish Council which manages the solar farm community fund is encouraging more applications from local good causes. It has around £1,648 unallocated from the first two years of the community fund and will begin taking applications for the next round of funding in April 2017.

Previous grants from the solar farm community fund went to the Tregargus Trust to go towards the restoration of Tregargus Valley, and the Treviscoe Institute to replace their community hall’s faulty electrics.   

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