Do you help look after a village hall in Ryedale, Scarborough or Hambleton? Have you thought about the potential benefits of solar panels?
Village halls tend to be large buildings which could accommodate roof mounted solar panels to generate renewable energy during the daytime. In the countryside, the majority are off gas and rely on either electric or fossil fuel for heating. As they tend to be used in the evening and weekends, there is potential to create carbon and cash savings by developing solar panel arrays with battery storage capacity.
York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership are doing a desk top study for halls in the Ryedale area, or neighbours in the Scarbrough and Hambleton districts, to look at the potential to generate and store energy for later use, or even to sell on to the national grid. Up to 20 of these village halls will be taken forward for a detailed assessment in the second phase to look at potential funding sources and detailed energy modelling and costing exercises, in order to generate financial and carbon assessments of the energy systems.
The study is free and there is no obligation to implement the findings. You will need to provide information on your energy use and usual booking patterns (before Covid-19).
There is space on the study for a further 6 halls to participate. The priority area is Ryedale, but consideration will be given to Scarborough and Hambleton. If you would like to get involved or would like further information, please contact Jos Holmes (Local Authorities Climate Action Coordinator), by 30 September. Halls will be selected on a first come first served basis.
Phone 07929 848259 or email Jos.Holmes@businessinspiredgrowth.com