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Romsey Scouts launch sustainable energy project

Date: 11th Sep 2023 Author: Claire Sutton

Beavers from 1st Romsey say a big thank you to the organisations who supported the project

Thanks to three significant grants, Romsey Scouts are able to start an exciting energy generating project next week.  Supported by matched-funding from Test Valley Borough Council and grants from The National Lottery Community Fund and the National Grid Community Grant Programme, the Dr Peter Centre in Romsey will gain an array of solar panels and energy-saving LED light bulbs.

The three grants, totalling £45,000, will cover the majority of the installation costs, with a private donation from Tony Trowsdale covering the balance.  Installation work will start next week by renewable energy experts, Your Energy, Your Way.

“As a community building and a charity, we are always trying to keep costs down for our young people and others who use our building,” explains David Sutton, Vice-President of Romsey Scouts.  “With rising energy prices, that has become an increasing challenge.  The combination of this and wanting to provide sustainable Scouting meant we investigated the possibility of self-generation with the solar panels, as well as ways of reducing our usage, like switching to LED lights.”

“With the cost of the changes coming in at around £50,000, it was clear we were going to need external financial support to ensure this project was possible.  On behalf of the Dr Peter Centre, I applied to Test Valley Borough Council, The National Lottery Community Fund and National Grid with my fingers crossed but never did I expect all three applications to come good.  We really are very grateful for their support as it wouldn’t be possible without them.”

The Centre, located on Baden Powell Way behind Romsey Fire Station, has a large roof which faces almost due south, making it ideal for solar generation.  The building will be fitted with a 15kW battery so that any energy generated can be stored, before any surplus is then sold back into the grid to help cover some of the other building running costs.  The installation work is expected to be spread over about four weeks with the Your Energy, Your Way installers working mostly on the outside of the building so Scout meetings and other hirers should not be adversely affected.

This great news even made our local paper, The Romsey Advertiser!

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