Here’s what Cerne Abbas Village Hall’s committee had to say about their project:
Installation of equipment: To maximise our energy generation from solar power 66 Solar PV panels were fitted on the roof giving 20kWp PV. This was the maximum possible output for the available roof space. Inside the hall the original 78 low efficiency fluorescent light fittings were replaced with 68 LED fittings.
Issues encountered: As both Solar PV and LED lighting installations are so common these days, with known and proven technology, we experienced no real issues with them.
Benefits: The benefits of us fitting Solar PV and LEDs into the hall is that we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 19.61 tonnes of CO2 per year. At the same time, we will reduce the hall’s annual energy bill.
Lessons learned: As we were given expert help and advice by Low Carbon Dorset from the start, we did not experience any problems. We used well respected suppliers of Solar and LEDs who offered expert advice. There are no reasons for us to do things differently.
Our project: This project is a major step towards making the building carbon neutral, as the 20 kWp PV array has been sized to give maximum low carbon electricity generation. The fitting of LED lighting will simultaneously reduce our demand for energy. It is our ambition to take this further as the technology advances to fit battery storage and become totally carbon-neutral. We believe this project is a model of what can be done by community organisations and businesses towards reducing carbon emissions.
The support we received from Low Carbon Dorset was invaluable, their knowledge and expertise helped quantify our goals on energy efficiencies and their guidance helped us to attain tangible results.