A COMMUNITY centre in Fitzwilliam has been awarded more than £70,000 so that it can save money and become more environmentally friendly.
The Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Resource Centre, Wakefield Road, received a grant of £72,000 from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) so that solar panels can be installed on the centre’s roof.
The move will generate enough electricity to run the centre, with any additional electricity being put back into the National Grid.
And the centre will receive income based on how much excess energy is generated.
The panels are also eco-friendly as they use the sun’s rays to produce energy and create no waste products.
Some of the panels are already in place, with the rest due to be fitted in the new year. The resource centre is believed to be the first one to have solar panels fitted on its roof.
Michelle Rayner, centre manager, said: “The electricity bills for the centre are huge as we are open every day from 8am until 9.30pm.
“Our treasurer, Peter Taberner, came up with the idea of installing solar panels and we applied for a grant from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
“It should cover all our electricity bills and help us keep the centre running for the community.
“It will also bring some income in for the centre, which will allow us to continue providing good services.
“The CRT said we are the first community centre to have panels installed and now has other centres interested in doing it.
“It is very environmentally friendly and promotes sustainability within the community.
“Hopefully, once others see ours up and running and realise how much we are saving, it will encourage them to have solar panels installed as well.”