Wind farm ‘light’ens the load for community playschool

Running costs and childcare fees at a community playschool will be kept down thanks to a local wind farm.

St Piran’s Playschool in Delabole was awarded a grant of £5,500 to go towards the cost of installing a solar PV system which will help offset their running costs.

This was one of the projects to benefit from the latest round of community funds linked with Delabole wind farm, owned by Wiltshire based green energy company, Good Energy.

James Ryle, Communities Manager at Good Energy said “We’re delighted to have been able to help get this project off the ground.

It’s great that by reducing the Playschool’s running costs, childcare fees will remain low and affordable.

The children will now also have the added benefit of being introduced to solar technologies at a young age. We hope they will be as excited about the future of energy as we are.”

Jo Nethercott Business Manager of St. Piran’s Playschool said “A huge thank you to Good Energy for their help funding this project.

The installation will help future proof our Playschool and hopefully keep our running costs and childcare fees down.

The children have been fascinated by the solar panels and have been asking questions about what they do and how renewable electricity works.”

Good Energy, which provides 100% renewable electricity and green gas to homes and businesses all over the UK, will contribute at least £9,200 per year to community projects for the lifetime of Delabole Wind Farm.

Other recent grant beneficiaries include Delabole School for a new climbing wall, Delabole Football Club for new tracksuits and the village cricket club for solar PV on the clubhouse roof.

In 2013, Good Energy also launched the Delabole Local Tariff. Local households have the opportunity to benefit from 100% renewable electricity at a special rate, set at 20% less than the standard Good Energy electricity tariff.


Notes to Editors

Delabole Wind Farm in North Cornwall was the first commercial wind farm in the UK
Good Energy bought the wind farm in 2002 and has owned and operated it ever since.
Good Energy’s 9.2MW Delabole Wind Farm generates enough renewable electricity to power approximately 6,200 average homes.

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