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St Just Cricket Club installation

Date: 20 Aug 2008

HOW'S THAT!

FIRST CRICKET CLUB IN CORNWALL TO BE POWERED BY THE SUN

Distribution: Western Morning News

St Just Cricket Club, near Penzance in Cornwall maybe the last cricket club in the county but is the first to install Photo Voltaic (PV) solar panels, which cater for all the club's energy needs.

The twenty panel 4.2 kW install on the club's pavilion roof installed by Lands End based company Plug into the Sun, generates enough electricity to keep the club functioning and provides a surplus energy through the slower winter months. This surplus energy means extra revenue for the club.

Jonathan Warren, club chairman said: "I am thrilled that we are not only county champions on the field but now are championing the green agenda.

"With more youngsters using our facilities, it is imperative that they see projects like this happening in the community as climate change will be so important in their lives."

The project was funded through the Low Carbon Building Phase 2 initiative, which provided £11,750, while the England & Wales Cricket Trust gave a match funding grant of £10,000 through its 'Go Green' fund for clubs involved in NatWest CricketForce 2008. A further £1,750 came from St Just Cricket Club funds.

Andy Tanner, Managing Director of Plug into the Sun said: "Clubs and community groups like St Just Cricket Club can really benefit from solar energy to provide them with almost free electricity.

"With government funding for community projects up to 50% and match funding available for the other 50%, the decision to install PV panels makes complete sense and will save hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills."

However, government funding will only be available for a limited period and Andy is encouraging people to act now. You can contact Andy Tanner on 0844 800 9512 or email info@plugintothesun.co.uk

He said, "This is great opportunity for community groups and that includes schools and hospitals to apply now for funding and make the most of this fantastic opportunity while it last, not only to provide low cost even free energy but to reduce your carbon footprint."

The new panels were officially opened by Edward Leverton, Regional Development Manager (South) of the England and Wales Cricket Board in July before the Jolly's Drinks Premier League match against Newquay.

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